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Embassy of Mexico representative in Bucharest, invited at Foreign Affairs Ministry, to discuss situation of Romanian tourists who were banned access to this country

The Romanian embassy in Mexico has conveyed a message to the Foreign Ministry in that country to voice dissatisfaction over the fact that several Romanians were banned access to that country. The message underlines the need for such decision to be firmly grounded and applied under the strict observance of the rights of the Romanian citizens.

The diplomatic intervention comes after the Romanian embassy received requests for consular assistance from several Romanian nationals on December 19th and 20th who were denied the right to enter the country. According to the Mexican authorities the interdictions were based on some inaccuracies in the documents produced by the Romanians.

In addition, the ad-interim chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of the United Mexican States in Bucharest was invited to the audience by the state secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Global Affairs and Diplomatic Strategies, Traian Hristea, who “firmly” expressed his special concern about the situation of Romanian tourists returned from this country, the conditions in which it occurred and the non-respect of their right to contact the diplomatic mission of Romania in Ciudad de Mexico, according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent to AGERPRES .

In this regard, the minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, sent a letter to his Mexican counterpart, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, expressing particular concern over the perpetuation of the situation of Romanian tourists who were banned from entering the territory of the United Mexican States.

At the same time, the Romanian side requested, as an emergency, the assistance of the competent Mexican authorities in order to remedy the situation, as well as to avoid any inappropriate treatment for Romanian citizens in the future.

An open and constructive dialogue was also called for through diplomatic channels and between the competent institutions between the two states.

According to the MAE, in the dialogue with the Mexican authorities it was emphasized that “although the United Mexican States has the sovereign right to decide to grant the right of entry to its own territory, it is required that these decisions are not arbitrary, but made on the basis of individual evaluations, from case to case, as well as not to generate offensive situations”.

The MAE asked the Mexican side to ensure a transparent and predictable approach regarding the regime of foreign tourists, in order to avoid the risk that such cases lead to a discriminatory approach.

Similar approaches and requests were made and addressed to the Mexican authorities through the Romanian Embassy in Ciudad de Mexico, states the quoted source.


MAE: Decision to prohibit Romanian citizens’ access to Mexico must be solidly substantiated


Representatives of Romania’s Embassy in Mexico City conveyed to the Mexican Foreign Affairs Ministry the “dissatisfaction” with the fact that several Romanian citizens were denied access to this country and underscored the importance that “such decisions be solidly substantiated and implemented with the strict observance of the rights of Romanian citizens.”

The message was conveyed in the context in which, according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE), on 19 and 20 December, Romania’s Embassy in Mexico City received a series of consular assistance requests from Romanian citizens who were denied entrance to the United Mexican States, upon arriving at the airports of Mexico City and Cancun.

According to the preliminary data communicated by the relevant Mexican authorities in the migration area, the decisions to prohibit the access on Mexican territory were both adopted based on the Romanian citizens’ responses to the interview conducted upon arrival (inadvertences in the statements during the interview in front of the immigration officer; the purpose of the trip would not have been properly justified), as well as following the identification of some alerts in the databases when checking the travel documents presented by the persons in question, the Romanian MAE shows.

Moreover, the MAE, through the Romanian diplomatic personnel in Mexico, is in dialogue with the representatives of the Directorate of Airports and Maritime Ports within the National Institute of Migration in order to clarify the reported situations and to identify, as soon as possible, some solutions regarding the access of Romanian tourists to Mexico.

The MAE mentions that, according to statistics provided by the Mexican authorities, throughout 2022 (up to this date), 20,969 Romanian citizens entered Mexico, of whom 3,343 were Romanian citizens only between November 1 and December 19, 2022.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends Romanian citizens to thoroughly document themselves before traveling abroad so that they are fully aware of all the implications of such trips, including the associated risks. Also, in order to exclude as many of the risks related to not being allowed to enter Mexico, it is important to travel with groups organized by travel agencies of Romania with a group leader, to print and translate into Spanish all supporting documents and present a detailed itinerary for each day of the stay.

The MAE brings Romanian citizens to mind that the alert level “Areas or time intervals that can be dangerous” is in force for the United Mexican States. Additional information is available in the Travel Alerts section on the MAE website.

The Romanian Embassy in Mexico City continues the dialogue with the Mexican authorities, at different levels, including political-diplomatic cooperation, being prepared to provide consular assistance, according to legal powers.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry brings to mind that Romanian citizens can request consular assistance at the telephone numbers of Romania’s Embassy in Mexico City: 00 52 55 5280 0447 and 00 52 55 5280 1869, the calls being redirected to the Contact and Support Center of Romanian Citizens Abroad (CCSCRS) and taken over by Call Center operators around the clock.

Moreover, Romanian citizens who are confronted with a difficult, special, urgent situation also have at their disposal the emergency telephone number of the diplomatic mission in Mexico City: 00 52 55 38 833 072, MAE informs.


Compiled from Agerpres

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