The governments of Chile, Peru and Ecuador decided on September 3, 2019, to establish a permanent technical working group on the flow of Venezuelan migrants fleeing the social, economic and political crisis in their country. The agreement was reached after two days of meetings in Quito. The delegation of Ecuador was chaired by the Vice Minister of Human Mobility, Carlos Velástegui; Chile was the director of Consular Affairs, Raúl Sanhueza and the director of Peruvian Communities Abroad, Jorge Méndez.
One of the first measures taken by the three countries is to work on a mechanism to exchange information on granting and rejecting visas, to have better management and administration of migratory movements.
On August 26, the visa requirement for Venezuelan citizens who wanted to enter the country entered into force in Ecuador. Many of those who failed to enter and were stranded on the Rumichaca International Bridge claimed that they had a visa to go to Peru or Chile.
The Peruvian Government implemented this requirement for Venezuelans last June and on June 22 Chile began granting the “democratic responsibility visa” as a previous step to enter its territory.
The need to train migrant personnel in document verification also arose from the tripartite meeting, especially due to the appearance of counterfeit papers. A workshop will be held in Santiago, Chile, in the next few days.
Ecuador was invited to be part of an exchange of information that will have a documentation center that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will install in Lima.
Another agreed point is the periodic meeting of the consuls of the three countries, based in Caracas, to share information and experiences.
Source: El Expreso – https://www.expreso.ec/actualidad/paises-informacion-visas-rechazadas-concedidas-venezolanos-GX3101822