Getting A Caribbean Visa This January

A Guide for Cricket World Cup 2007 Enthusiasts!

The Caribbean Visa system has been caught unprepared by the rush for Cricket World Cup 2007. Making things more confusing is the Government’s last minute decision to make new Visas mandatory for many visitors who generally don’t require visa to enter the region. In addition the government also chose to include a $100 fee for this period, drawing criticism that it is a deliberate move to profit from the World Cup rush. All in all, it has caused major chaos and confusion, with many die-hard fans left out in the cold.

The decision to introduce the CARICOM visas, which allow for free transfer between islands, seems to have been rushed through without the adequate infrastructure in place, causing major delays in the process. However, aside from these problems, if you are planning to visit the Caribbean, even if NOT for the World Cup, between January 15 and May 15, 2007, here is a few things that you need to know-

CARICOM Visa for All Islands

The CARICOM (The Caribbean Community) Visa was introduced by The Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) which was established in July, 2006. The IMPACS is mainly involved in enhancing the collective crime fighting capacity of the member states.

With the Cricket World Cup 2007 being held in the region, the IMPACS current priority is regional security during this event.  So from 15th January to 15th May 2007, the 10 countries listed below will be considered one Single Domestic Space.

  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • St. Vincent & The Grenadines
  • Trinidad & Tobago

The CARICOM visa will be required by all visitors to any of these countries except nationals from the following countries:

  • Canada
  • France & OCTs
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Ireland
  • CARICOM Member States (Except Haiti)
  • Italy
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • The Netherlands & OCTs
  • United Kingdom & Dependent Territories
  • United States & Dependent Territories

Also, visitors who already have received a visa for any of the 10 countries valid for the said period, previous to the announcement of the new system, can enter using the same.

Getting Your CARICOM Special Visa

The IMPACS recommends that applicants fill the CARICOM Special Visa application form online and then print it, sign it and submit it with the relevant documents. If the applicant does not have Internet access they can contact any of the visa issuing sites.

The CARICOM Special Visa application form is also available from any of the United Kingdom’s Missions abroad.

After completion, the form should be printed on plain letter size paper. If you have received a printed form, fill it in block letters with blue or black ink.

The completed form will need to be couriered to the nearest issuing site along with other documents which include:

  1. Valid Passport
  2. Passport Sized Photograph

You will need to pre-pay the courier service for the return of your passport.

The application fee is $100.00 U.S.D net which can be paid only by credit card or Banker’s checks (International) payable to IMPACS. Cash or personal checks will not be accepted. If you are paying by credit card, details are available here.

Once you have your passport, you are all ready to go visit the islands and cheer on your team. Copyright © 2006, All Rights Reserved

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