Neighbors ease passport rules for Venezuelans

Sep 05, 2018, 8:03 AM EDT
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Venezuelans, hit by hyperinflation and severe shortages of basic supplies in the country, can now travel to neighboring states with expired documents after eleven countries relaxed their passport rules on Wednesday.

The announcement following a two-day meeting of migration officials from Latin America in the Ecuadorean capital, Quito, comes as a reprieve for millions of Venezuelans, who face long delays in obtaining new passports or renewing the existing ones partially due to a “mafia” nexus, notes the BBC.

More than 2.3 million Venezuelans have already crossed over to neighboring states, where they had been facing strict border rules and mob hostility, reports CNN.