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  • TEF has committed an additional $200 million over the next five years, to the introduction of new technology, and re-engineering of immigration operations.
  • There is a need to reduce the processing time for incoming passengers.
  • The Minister also announced that work continues to simplify the customs and immigration forms.

The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has committed an additional $200 million over the next five years, to the introduction of new technology, and re-engineering of immigration operations.

This was disclosed by Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill during his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, May 27.

He explained that there is a need to reduce the processing time for incoming passengers.

The Minister also announced that work continues to simplify the customs and immigration forms.

“That process will soon be completed. Jamaica is among the countries which are leading the charge in enhancing visitor experience and efficiency at airports. Just last week, the United States of America (USA) announced that it will be taking similar steps,” Dr. McNeill said.

Meanwhile, visa requirements have been relaxed for nationals of some 30 countries, resulting in increased arrivals from Latin America.

“Likewise, the Russian market has seen immediate, strong response.

We anticipate that this will also give significant impetus to opening up the Chinese market, which is the world’s leading source of outbound travellers for recreational purposes,” Dr. McNeill informed.