CARICOM Facing Legal Action Over Cricket World Cup Visas

Some excerpts from an article by Marissa Williams in the Wednesday 10th January 2007 issue of Trinidad and Tobago’s NEWSDAY. (link here

‘Sources in Holland told Newsday that the countries are considering the action because of the sudden introduction of the visa and the creation of a state without proper international protocol’.

Newsday yesterday ‘learned that a group of tour operators met in Norway yesterday and the majority decided to shift the Scandinavian market to other destinations’.

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9 responses to “CARICOM Facing Legal Action Over Cricket World Cup Visas

  1. Bajanboy

    I was waiting for this to happen. They messed with a system that was not broken. These stupid visas are going to create badwill in these emerging Scandanavian markets that will take years to reverse.

  2. John

    Somehow we have grown to expect nothing better from the powers that be.

    This is not surprising.

  3. justice denied

    We need to demand better from the “powers that be” and get them out fast if they do not live up to our expectations.
    Refuse to accept mediocrity.

  4. John

    … comes back to how they were elected. A party puts up a candidiate and we vote for it. We don’t expect anything and we get it.

    It will be interesting to see if Sir John in St. Lucia who has five ministers as non elected MP’s has success in turning around his country.

    Hopefully these 5 people are capable and experienced and will be held to a high level of accountability, higher than the elected MP’s.

    In theory, if a minister is independently wealthy, he/she should be difficult to buy …… but that is in theory. We’ll wait and see.

    There are probably some MPs there who aren’t too happy with being overlooked, but hey, if the system isn’t working, change it and try and find something that will.

  5. Today’s Advocate quotes Stuart Layne, President of BTA, as saying in India that “close to 100,000 cricket fans will converge on the Caribbean.”

    Given the uncertainty that has arisen over visas one wonders how accurate this estimate may be. Is any Government agency keeping tabs on visas issued/applied for? Are flights fully booked for the period of the cricket? What are hotel bookings like?

    As Barbados is hosting the finals we might expect 30% of the 100,000 i.e. 30,000. What is the latest “guesstimate”?

  6. Adrian Loveridge

    I really do not think the Caricom secretariat is helping itself at all.
    I have now sent two emails asking that they clarify the situation regarding cruise ship passengers that hold the same nationality as the land based accommodation visitors that now require a Caricom Visa.

    There has been talk about a ’24 hour cruise ship Caricom Visa’.

    Todate, I cannot obtain any response and if this is in anyway typical, you can imagine the level of frustration that potential visitors and travel organisers are experiencing.

    It was interesting to hear Deputy Prime Minister, Mia Motley, state on last weeks ‘Down to Brass Tacks Sunday’ programme, that when a meeting of the ten Ministers of Tourism was held last November to discuss security and visa implications that only two of them turned-up.

    The world’s third largest sporting event, the Caribbean’s single largest taxpayers ‘investment’ where tourism is the biggest industry in most of the hosting countries, and the other eight MOT’s obviously did not consider it sufficiently important?

    I understand some of them are meeting over this weekend to presumably discuss media/public relations damage control, just seven weeks before ICC Cricket World Cup starts and 17 days before nationals who previously did not require visas, now do!

  7. Lady Anon

    I just think they should scrap the whole “Caricom Visa for charge” thing. I am sure I read somewhere on this post a suggestion…when they arrive in the territory, be it Barbados, St. Lucia or where ever, the customs officer in that territory stamps the passport with a “Caricom Visa” (for want of a better term.

    For all subsequent travel, the customs officer in the relevant territory checks to see if the passport has the visa. If it does, the passenger is waived through…if it doesn’t then the passport is stamped and the passenger can go on his/her merry way.

    No need for an office, no need for money changing hands, no need for all this confusion.

  8. Jerome Hinds

    Hello Friends,

    Take a read of the following link,

    http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20070115/lead/lead1.html

    Our friend Mia ‘ bite she good ‘ Mottley has been taking some flak again !!!

  9. Lady Anon

    Great…I just wish she was as forthright with Edutech as she is with this.