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Caribbean island countries causing security threat to EU

Caribbean island countries causing security threat to EU

Anita Mathur

According to media reports, the government of Dominica, a small island country in the Caribbean is selling passports and even diplomatic positions to various individuals in exchange for money. Mostly corrupt individuals, criminals, mafia bosses, fugitives and members of jihadist groups are getting hold of a Dominica or Caribbean island country passport simply because – they can enter a large number of nations in the world, including the European Schengen nations without any visa.

According to information, holders of Dominica passports or passports issued by other Caribbean island countries will be enjoying visa-free entry into Europe’s Schengen countries until the end of 2022.

The majority of the Caribbean island countries are mainly dependent on income from the selling of citizenship while some of those countries are even selling diplomatic positions to foreign nationals in exchange for 100~500 thousand dollars. Until the end of 2022, a citizen of Dominica is allowed to enter any of Europe’s Schengen countries. They also are allowed visa-free entry to a number of countries on other continents. But, according to Dominica sources, as of July 2020, citizens of Dominica had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 140 countries and territories, which has already been curtailed by most of the countries including the US, Canada and Australia. But still, they don’t need visa to enter Bangladesh, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, the Philippines, Singapore, and few other Asian nations.

Are you planning to buy citizenship of Dominica?

If you are planning to spend US$ 1~5 hundred thousand simply for buying citizenship of Dominica, an island country with a population of only 72 thousand people and this country is exposed to hurricane and sea storms, you need to know, the main reason behind the attraction of Dominica’s passport is visa-free entry to 140 countries in the world, including Europe’s Schengen countries. But that scope is going to close for good from the end of 2022. Even now, as Dominica’s story of selling citizenship and diplomatic positions have been regularly appearing in the international media, most of the countries – including the Schengen countries have become doubtful about the matter and they are refusing port entry to a large number of holders of Dominica passports – simply because immigration authority in those countries know – holders of Dominica passport might not have even been to that Caribbean island country at all. They might have purchased the citizenship through any of Dominica’s citizenship selling agents.

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From the end of 2022, Dominica passport holders shall need to show the following documents for ETIAS visa waiver in Europe:

  1. A valid Dominica passport
  2. A credit or debit card
  3. A current email address

These are the primary requisites to quality for an ETIAS visa waiver. Failure to provide any of these documents will result in a denied application.

The applicant’s passport should be valid for a minimum of 3 months from the day of arrival. Currently, citizens of Dominica are not required to apply for a permit to travel to Europe for stays of up to 90 days. However, as of late 2022 Dominican citizens traveling to Europe from Dominica are required to have an ETIAS visa waiver, which Is valid for 3 consecutive years.

There will be several questions in the ETIAS application form, which include:

  1. The applicant’s full name and surname
  2. The applicant’s nationality
  3. Date, location and country of birth
  4. A current address
  5. The applicant’s contact telephone number
  6. An active email This is where the traveler will receive information regarding their application, including the granted ETIAS visa waiver
  7. The applicant’s passport number, issue date, and expiry date
  8. The applicant’s full name and surname
  9. The applicant’s nationality
  10. Date, location and country of birth
  11. A current address
  12. The applicant’s contact telephone number
  13. An active email This is where the traveler will receive information regarding their application, including the granted ETIAS visa waiver
  14. The applicant’s passport number, issue date, and expiry date

The European Immigration officials use the screening process to review travelers before they travel to Europe to increase international security in the Schengen zone. Although a valid ETIAS travel authorization grants freedom of movement within the Schengen area, the applicant is required to let the European authorities know which Schengen country they intend to enter first.

Besides personal and contact information, the applicant will also be asked a series of security-related questions, such as:

  1. Detailed information and proof of criminal record history
  2. Employment history
  3. History of drug use
  4. Involvement in human trafficking
  5. Previous travel to conflict areas
  6. Any previous trips made to Europe

With all the above formalities required for entering any of the European nations, the applicant of visa shall actually require to permanently live in Dominica. Those who are buying Dominica citizenship or citizenship from any of the Caribbean island nations shall actually be no more able to enter EU countries by the end of 2022, although few countries in Europe and Asia have already become very strict in granting entry to Caribbean island country passport holders as it is by now know to everyone – almost 93 percent of those looking for EU countries with a Caribbean island country passport has in reality purchased the passport by never even visiting the respective Caribbean country at all. So, it is better for every intending buyer of citizenship from any of the Caribbean island countries – if the purpose is simply visa-free entry into the Schengen zone.

2022 deadline maybe even too late

Schengen zone countries as well as some countries in Asia, which are allowing Dominica or Caribbean country passport holders visa-free access should actually impose stricter rules while letting any of those passport holders enter the country by taking undue advantage of visa-free entry. Moreover, during this deadline of 2022, thousands of people with Caribbean country’s passport may enter the European nations with the goal of permanently settling or even doing any sort of subversive or terrorist activity. It is important to remember – most of the holders of Caribbean country’s passport are not real citizens – instead they have purchased the citizenship by paying a certain amount of money.

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