Dominican & Columbian Passengers Denied Entry: MoFA Refutes Bribe Fee Allegations

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration has responded to allegations that ‘Immigration Officers’ were arrested based on claims that they requested bribes for entry into Belize.

In response the ministry has made the following ‘Press Statement’ indicating that on Thursday October 22nd., 11 passengers that arrived on a COPA Airlines flight form Panama were denied entry into Belize at the P.G.I.A because they did not meet certain requirements and were possibly being the participants of a human smuggling operation.

  • Press Release:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade, and Immigration denies statements on social and mainstream media of 22nd October 2021 which falsely allege that Immigration Officers charged high fees to foreigners entering Belize, and that two Immigration Officers have been detained by the Police Department for questioning.

On the 22nd of October 2021, a COPA Flight originating from Panama had eleven individuals who were Refused Leave to Land in Belize, as they did not meet the minimum requirements for entry into Belize. Seven of these individuals, namely four Colombians, and three nationals of the Dominican Republic were processed and returned to Panama on the same day.

However, four of them, two Dominicans, one Venezuelan, and one Brazilian, could not be processed before the COPA flight departed, were held overnight by the Police Department, and will be returned to Panama today via TAG Airlines.

The Ministry will continue to monitor and manage migration flows for the national security and economic development of Belize; as we strive to enhance citizen and migrant services by becoming a modern, innovated, and interconnected organization to facilitate human mobility.
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