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Tourist Board hosts Immigration education event for Puerto Ricans

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PRESS RELEASE: With the upcoming Poker Run on May 27, and Christmas in July on July 22, The BVI Tourist Board continues to enhance the welcoming experience extended to visitors from Puerto Rico, at its various ports of entry.

On May 9, boaters in Puerto Rico attended a very informative presentation by Her Majesty’s Customs and the Immigration Departments of the BVI.

The ‘Customs and Immigration Procedures Presentation’ in Puerto Rico, provided pertinent information to 150 Puerto Rican private pleasure boaters.

The delegation included Commissioner of Customs, Mr Wade Smith; Assistant Commissioner of Customs, Tashima Martin; BVI Tourist Board’s Marketing Manager, RaeNisia Scatliffe; Deputy Chief Immigration Officer, Rosemary Callwood; and Inspector of Police, Mr Ivor Fraser.

During Mr Smith’s presentation, boaters received detailed information on the ports of entry, the hours of operation, and procedures they should follow if they arrived in the territory after hours.

Mr Wade Smith noted: “Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have always had a cordial relationship and part of our mission is to ensure that this relationship continues to grow and becomes stronger.”

Ms Rosemary Callwood explained the importance of completing declaration forms when entering the territory.

Ensuring the security and safety of guests, Mr Fraser informed the attendees that compared to 2017, the BVI has seen fewer crimes this year. He also mentioned the procedures in place to discourage any criminal activity. Mr Fraser emphasized that the BVI is a safe place for guests to visit and provided safety tips when travelling to the islands.

Pleased with the collaborative efforts of the government agencies, Mrs Sharon Flax-Brutus said, “The success of the tourism industry in the BVI is dependent on a concerted and collaborative effort by all government departments. Keeping our guests informed of procedures and processes, creates a better experience for all”.

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  1. Busy Bee says:

    Anything in there about how BVI Customs and Immigration officers will become “ambassadors of tourism” and will smile and say something nice like “Welcome to the BVI!” from now on?

    I’m betting NOT.

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