HPN Haiti has told its citizens to stop using their passports to renew their visas, a move the government has said will allow for better controls over illegal migration.
HPN Haitu officials have said the move, which has not been confirmed by the government, would be aimed at preventing illegal migration, which is currently estimated at more than half a million people.
The move comes as the Haiti government said it was launching an initiative to ensure the haiti fruit industry can survive after the harvest.
Haiti fruit is exported to the US, China, the UK, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, Sweden and Switzerland.
A number of other fruit and vegetable export countries including Japan and India have also voiced concerns about illegal immigration.
Last week, Haiti’s tourism agency said it would suspend all visas and travel permits issued by the ministry of the interior, which oversees the fruit industry.
“We believe that these decisions will not only contribute to the overall good of the tourism sector, but also contribute to economic growth,” the agency said.
Tourism minister Dene Mabili said the decision was not based on a threat to tourism, as it would help the haitian economy and boost tourism.
He added that the ministry would also introduce a new visa scheme for visa holders from abroad to assist them in the country.
It is not clear if the haiitian ministry will implement the move.
Earlier this week, the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MMA) issued a warning about the growing illegal trade of haiti fruits, citing a surge in the number of migrants arriving in the region.
MMA chief executive officer Huan Le said the ministry’s response to the migrant crisis was focused on providing food for the people of Haiti, who are dependent on haitias fruit for their survival.
More than 200,000 migrants and refugees arrived in the Haitu region in the first three months of 2017, making up nearly one in five haiti population, according to data from the Ministry of Interior.