Published On: Mon, Jan 11th, 2016

Navarro: “Traveling between Dutch Caribbean islands with I.D. should be possible”

NavarroWILLEMSTAD - Residents of Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten should be able to travel in the near future between the islands using just their identity card or sedula as it is called in Papiamento.

This was one of the agenda items that were discussed last week Monday during the tripartite talks on St. Maarten. It received support from the Curaçao Minister of Justice, Nelson Navarro, who spoke of a “good proposal”.

In the tripartite talk, MPs from the three autonomous countries in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom discussed common subjects. These talks also served as a preparation for the Inter-Parliamentary Consultation Kingdom (Ipko) that was held last week in Sint Maarten.

Currently, residents of Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten need a passport to travel between the islands. During the tripartite talks, the MPs of the three islands spoke in favor of continuing with these talks about the possibility of allowing residents to travel between the islands with just their I.D.

This subject was also on the Ipko agenda last year, but according to the President of the St. Maarten Parliament, Sarah Wescot- Williams at that time it was not possible to make a decision on this matter, because the position of the governments of each island was not yet known.

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