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The measures of the Prime Minister's Office differ markedly from those of the note of June 15, 2020,

Return of Haitians from abroad: passports will be kept by Immigration for 15 days

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The Prime Minister ignores the measures of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs without paying attention to them. According to the provisions of the Head of Government, any airline can take on board any passenger holding a travel reservation; no prior government authorization is required to board a passenger on a flight to Haiti, however, nationals are required to comply with the measures taken by the Haitian health authorities, the Pan American Health Organization ( PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Passports will be kept by Immigration during the quarantine period, which is 15 days.

With regard to this last point mentioned in the Prime Minister's letter, the Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communications, Joaséus Nader, announced on Saturday, June 20, 2020, that the decision to keep travelers' passports is canceled. After the Minister of Foreign Affairs, it is the Prime Minister himself who is cropped. It must be said that no one understood the need to keep the passports of Haitians on their return to Haiti. According to information obtained by Le Nouvelliste, meetings are underway to determine the dates and conditions for a gradual resumption of flights on the national territory before the end of this month of June.

The measures of the Prime Minister's Office differ markedly from those of the note of June 15, 2020, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship sent to the heads of diplomatic and consular missions of Haiti. Reached by phone, the minister's chief of staff, Wein Webert Arthus, said that "at the level of Foreign Affairs, we follow the instructions of the Prime Minister. The note we had previously sent to the heads of Haiti’s diplomatic and consular missions was the result of another that the Prime Minister’s Office had taken. Nevertheless, we will publish correspondence to announce these new easing measures next week, "he said.

Asked about the reasons which justify the leading role that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs plays in this question of the return of Haitian nationals stranded abroad compared to the Ministry of Haitians living abroad (MHAVE), the director of the cabinet said: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAEC) has a fairly large network of embassies and consulates around the world. A network that is in direct contact with Haitians and which is the first reference for our compatriots when they are abroad. I do not know what is happening in other ministries, but it is the mission of the MAEC to grant aid and protection to Haitians abroad, including those passing through. In fact, we have received thousands of requests via our network from Haitians stranded around the world thanks to an emergency email that had been set up, not to mention the calls we receive. "

Even if the violins of the authorities do not seem to agree on the conditions of return of the Haitians on the national soil, Mr. Arthus believes that there is no confusion. No country has a quick fix for dealing with COVID-19. "We have a new situation that constantly forces us to adapt," he says.

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