Canada will accept expired Venezuelan passports | World

Venezuelan passport — Photo: Mariana Bazo/File Photo/Reuters

Canada announced on Monday (19) that it would accept expired venezuelan passports. With this measure, the country recognizes a decree of the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, which extends the validity of these documents for five years.

“Venezuelan passport holders who wish to travel or remain in Canada can now continue to use their passport whether it expired less than five years ago or is about to expire“, the Canadian government said in a statement.

The measure was taken, among other things, because Venezuelans living in Canada have difficulty renewing their passports given the diplomatic crisis between the country and the regime of Nicolás Maduro (read more at the end of the report).

“Canada recognizes the decree issued by the National Assembly of Venezuela on June 7, 2019 to extend the validity of Venezuelan passports,” the Canadian government said.

Like Canada, the United States announced in June the recognition of expired Venezuelan passports. Brazil adopted the same measure in early August, following a commitment signed by 11 Latin American countries last September in Quito.

Measure does not change visa rules – Venezuelans still need to obtain visas to enter certain countries such as Canada and the United States.

Canada supports Guaidó

Self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidó speaks during a protest against Nicolas Maduro, during Venezuela’s 208th independence anniversary celebrations, in Caracas on Friday (5) – Photo: Reuters/Manaure Quintero

“Canada remains deeply concerned about the political and economic situation in Venezuela, which is critical and deteriorating,” Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said in a statement.

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