Trio caught visiting Belize illegally

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) recently celebrated having more than 1.2 million persons from around the world visiting Belize by airplane, cruise ship or otherwise, but a trio from Mexico are accused of failing to obtain a permit to come and stay here..

61 year old Michael Huston of Australia, who captains the sailing boat Pristiq, and passengers 30 year old Marketa Rychecka and 34 year old Frantisek Gaspar of the Czech Republic, pleaded guilty to illegal entry before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stuart and paid fines of $1,000 each, avoiding jail time.

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On Friday  morning, they docked the boat at the Radisson Fort George Hotel’s marina after coming from San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. Immigration officers visited the boat and checked the passport of Michael Huston, which indicated he did not have a visa or permit to stay in Belize.

Frantisek Gaspar and Marketa Rychecka were caught at the Philip Goldson International Airport in Ladyville, where Rychecka was attempting to board a flight to the United States. Her passport indicated no visa or permit to stay in Belize, while Gaspar did not have a passport or other identification at all.

There is no indication if the trio face deportation from Belize.

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