Photo: Deputy PM Mia Mottley “I Don’t Know What The Hell Is Going On. Does Anyone?”
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW how confused the Australians are about CARICOM Cricket Visas, just read the comments sections of our previous cricket visa articles (listed at the end of this post).
There is so much contradicatory information floating around – most of it officially produced by government and cricket authorities – that even experienced Australian travel agents can’t figure it out. The CARICOM website is ambiguous at best, and like a broken tool, one is better not to rely upon it or you could get hurt.
Mottley Worried About Legal Liability For All The Chaos And Wrong Visa Information Provided By Official Sources
Now in the middle of all the confusion over Cricket Visas for Australians, Kiwis and others, Mamma Mia Mottley has had to start talking about “AVOIDING LEGAL LIABILITY in regards to representations from the public…” (Barbados Advocate article here)
In true Mamma Mia mis-speak, she really meant “avoiding legal liability in regards to representations TO the public”
In other words, God forbid that the public should rely upon anything they read or hear from government and organizers regarding cricket visas! The visa mess has become so bad that Mottley is now worrying about legal liability to tourists who were given wrong information by official sources and/or tourists who will not receive their cricket visas in time.
Never mind the tourists – just wait until all those hotels, tour operators and cricket businesses start filing their lawsuits because of Mottley’s incompetence. (She is IN CHARGE of cricket security & visas ya know!)
Visa Date Pushed Back To February 1st – Or So Mottley Says Today…
Again from the same Barbados Advocate article…
“FOLLOWING consultations between tourism ministers and the Cricket World Cup security planners, a decision has been reached to delay the implementation of the special CARICOM visa by two weeks, with a new start-up date of February 1.
This came from Deputy Prime Minister and Chair of the CARICOM Sub-Committee on Cricket World Cup Security, Mia Mottley. She was speaking following a special meeting of regional tourism ministers at the Sherbourne Conference Centre yesterday.”
We’ve Got News From Australia For Cricket World Cup Governments & Authorities…
Mottley and her “security committee” changed the rules at the very last moment. Many of the Australian fans were already on their way prior to the Christmas announcement that they would need Visas. These folks cannot now give up their passports for three or four weeks to wait for CARICOM visas. They have real lives, travel plans and jobs that require them to show a passport in the next few weeks.
Given the level of incompetence shown to date by Caricom visa officials, many folks are reluctant to send their passports into the black hole of government processing and pray that they see them again. I can’t say as I blame them!
If reasonable notice had been given these visitors could have arranged their lives and sent in their passports months in advance to obtain a Cricket Visa. Many made their travel arrangements a year ago! Have a look at the comments – folks are already on cruise ships, traveling in America, Europe or on business somewhere and they will arrive without visas.
What is Barbados going to do with the hundreds or thousands of tourists who will arrive without visas? What then, Mia? Jail? Send them home?
You’d better start thinking about it because it has already started.
Visas For Aussies & Kiwis Are A Farce Of A Cash Grab That Turned Into A Public Relations Disaster
What Nonsense! Mottley Says That Australians Are A Security Threat, But South Africans & Spanish Are Not
Mottley is quoted in the Barbados Advocate article as saying that 95% of the visitors coming to the Cricket World Cup will not need visas. So who did she choose to require visas who never required them before CWC? Australians and New Zealanders!
As for South Africans – nope, no visas needed.
Just take a moment and Google the term “terror attacks in South Africa” and tell me what you see. Maybe throw in the words “Soweto Bombing” or “necklacing”. Now do the same for New Zealand and Australia.
No Visas Needed For Spain! None For Ireland!
Google “muslim train bombings Spain” and see what you find. Next try “Ireland terrorism bombs” and you’ll get the picture.
Australian & New Zealand Visas are just a last-minute cash grab. Nothing else.
Previous BFP Cricket Visa Articles…