Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda will require visas to travel to Canada as of today June 27, 2017.

According to the Antigua Observer, the Canadian High Commissioner to Antigua and Barbuda, stationed in Trinidad, advised Prime Minister Gaston Browne of this development late on Friday prior to an official announcement that was made yesterday.

At the time, the Canadian official said a concern is that Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment Programme is not a residency programme.

Despite the end of visa-free travel, the official Canadian Government statement said, “Canada continues to welcome visitors from Antigua and Barbuda.”

“Most approved visa applicants will receive a multiple-entry visa, which allows travellers to visit Canada as many times as they want, for up to 10 years. For each visit, travellers can stay for up to six months”.

Antigua and Barbuda is the last of the countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) from whom the Canadian government has withdrawn visa-free travel, at a time of heightened security over terrorism and refugees.

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