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CARICOM SPECIAL VISA FACTS


Posted in: Press Releases by admin | 23 January 2007 | Release Ref #: 15/2007 | 3637

    Period of validity

    The CARICOM Special Visa is valid for entry into the CARICOM Single Domestic Space from 1 February 2007-15 May 2007.

    Countries comprising the Single Domestic Space which will accept the CARICOM SPECIAL VISA:

    Antigua and BarbudaJamaica
    BarbadosSt. Kitts and Nevis
    DominicaSaint Lucia
    GrenadaSt. Vincent and the Grenadines
    Guyana Trinidad and Tobago

    Who needs a CARICOM Special Visa

    Nationals of all countries with the EXCEPTION OF THE FOLLOWING will be required to obtain visas for entry into the countries comprising the CARICOM Single Domestic Space:

    i. CARICOM Member States and Associate Member States (Except Haiti)

    ii. Canada

    iii. France and its Overseas Countries and Territories

    iv. Germany

    v. Ireland

    vi. Italy

    vii. Japan

    viii. The Netherlands and its Overseas Countries and Territories

    ix. United Kingdom and its Dependent Territories

    x. South Africa

    xi. Spain

    xii. United States of America and its Dependent Territories

    All visitors requiring the CARICOM Special Visa are urged to apply for the visa as soon as possible from the nearest issuing sites which are listed below.

    EXEMPTIONS

    Air to Sea and Sea to Air Transfers and Cruise Ship passengers arriving in port and moving directly from one terminal to the other will not require the CARICOM Special Visa.

    Nationals of countries who would normally need visas but who already enjoy a form of legal status valid on 1st February 2007 conferred by any of the relevant governmental authorities of the ten (10) countries which form the Single Domestic Space WILL NOT require a CARICOM Special Visa.

    Examples include:

    1. Accredited Diplomats

    2. Permanent Residents

    3. Persons holding Immigrant Status

    4. Holders of Student Visa

    5. Persons with Permission to Reside and Work

    6. Holders of Work Permits

    7. Persons permitted entry prior to 1 February 2007, for example tourists and business persons

    The following categories will be issued the Special Entry Permit:

    1. Diplomats to be accredited

    2. Government Officials and persons providing technical assistance to Member States;

    3. Representatives of International and Regional Organisations

    STUDENT VISA AND WORK PERMIT

    A CARICOM Special Visa does not permit a person to work or study. Persons requiring a work permit or student visa should apply directly to the competent authorities in the relevant Member State. Work Permit or Student Visas must be issued for a minimum period of six months during this timeframe.

    EXEMPTION FROM PAYMENT

    The visa fee of US$100 or Euro 80 will be waived for the following:

    1) Children 12 and under;

    2) Non-accredited diplomats or persons traveling on diplomatic or official passports;

    3) Teams, Officials, Media and Sponsors and their spouses and Children;

    4) Cuban Nationals; and

    5) Seamen and airline crew entering to join vessels/aircraft.

    ISSUING SITES

    Persons residing in Australia and New Zealand can apply for the CARICOM Special Visa in:

    Australia

    Consulate General of Trinidad and Tobago- Sydney
    Level 57
    MLC Centre
    19-29 Martin Place
    Sydney, NSW 2000
    Tel: +612-9238-2031

    Persons residing in Canada can apply for the CARICOM Special Visa in:

    Canada

    Consulate General of Jamaica - Toronto
    303 Eglinton Avenue East
    Toronto, Ontario M4P 1L3
    Tel: 416-598-3008
    Fax: 416-598-4928
    Email: congentoronto@on.aibn.com

    Persons residing in Asia can apply for the CARICOM Special Visa in:

    India

    High Commission of Trinidad and Tobago - New Delhi
    6/25 Shanti Nikatan
    New Delhi 110021
    Tel: +91-11-2411-8427
    Fax: +91-11-2411-8463
    Email: admin@hctt.org

    Persons residing in the United States of America can apply for the CARICOM Special Visa in:

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    Consulate General of Jamaica - New York
    767 3rd Avenue
    New York, NY 10017
    Tel: 212-935-9000
    Fax: 212-935- 7507
    Email: passport@congenjamaica-ny.org
    Website: http://www.Congenjamaica-ny.org 

    Consulate General of Jamaica- Miami
    842 Ingraham Building
    25 S.E. 2nd Avenue
    Miami, FL 33131
    Tel: 305- 374- 8431
    Fax: 305-577-4970
    Email: jamconmi@bellsouth.net 

    Persons residing in the United Kingdom, Middle East and Africa can apply for the CARICOM Special Visa in:

    United Kingdom High Commission of Barbados - London
    1 Great Russell Street
    London WC1B3JY
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 (0)20-7621-4975
    Fax: +44 (0)20-7323-6872
    Email: caricomvisa@foreign.gov.bb 

    The following Remote Sites have been established in order to facilitate persons requiring the CARICOM Special Visa

    EUROPE

    Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the Office of Specialised Agencies of the United Nations - Geneva
    36 rue de lausaunne
    1201 Geneva
    Switzerland
    Tel: 41 22 7315 780/789
    Fax: 41 22 7384 420
    Email: mission.jamaica@ties.itu.int

    Jamaican Embassy
    Schmargendorfer Strasse 32
    12159, Berlin
    Germany
    Tel: 00 49 30 85 99 450 or 1
    Fax: 00 49 30 85 99 4540 Email: info@jamador.de 

    Barbados Embassy
    Av. Franklin Roosevelt 100
    B-1050 Brussels
    Belgium
    Tel: 322 732 1737/1867
    Fax: 322 732 3266
    Email: Brussels@foreign.gov.bb

    CHINA

    Jamaica Embassy
    Email: embassy@jamaicagov.cn
    Tel: 8610 653 2670-1
    Fax: 8610 6532 0669

    LATIN AMERICA

    Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago
    Quinta Serrana
    4ta Avenida entre 7a e 8a Transversales
    Altamira
    Apartado del este 61322
    Caracas 1060A
    Venezuela Tel: 58 212 261 3748/5796/4772
    Fax: 58 212 261 9801
    Email: embassytt@cantv.net 

    The following is a list of the Immigration Headquarters of the ten countries comprising the Single Domestic Space.

    IMMIGRATION HEADQUARTERS:

    ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
    Immigration Office
    Radcliffe Street
    St. John’s
    Attn: Chief Immigration Officer
    Tel: 1-268-562-1387

    BARBADOS
    Immigration Office
    Careenage House
    Wharf Road
    Bridgetown
    Attn: Chief Immigration Officer
    Tel: 1-246-426-1011

    DOMINICA
    Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force
    Bath Road
    Roseau
    Attn: Chief Immigration Officer
    Tel: 1-767-448-2222

    GRENADA
    Immigration and Passport Department
    Melville Street
    St. Georges
    Attn: Chief Immigration Officer
    Tel: 1-473-440-2456

    GUYANA
    Central Immigration Office
    Camp Road
    Georgetown
    Attn: Chief Immigration Officer
    Tel: 592-226-4700

    JAMAICA
    The Immigration Citizenship and Passport Services Division
    25 Constant Spring Road
    Kingston 10
    Attn: Chief Immigration Officer
    Tel: 1-876-754-5249

    SAINT LUCIA
    Royal Castries Police Force
    P.O. Box 109
    Bridge Street
    Castries
    Attn: Chief Immigration Officer
    Tel: 758-456-3702

    ST.KITTS AND NEVIS
    Police Headquarters
    Cayon Street
    P.O. Box 189
    Basseterre
    Attn: Chief Immigration Officer
    Tel: 1-869-465-2045

    ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
    Police Headquarters
    P.O. Box 835
    Kingstown
    Attn: Chief Immigration Officer
    Tel: 1-784-456-1102

    TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
    Immigration Department
    67 Frederick Street
    Port of Spain
    Attn: Chief Immigration Officer
    Tel: 1-868-625-3571

    HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

    No pets will be allowed for travel within the Single Domestic Space . If pets are brought to any port of entry, national legislation would be applied in relation to entry of animals.

    WITH RESPECT TO CRUISE SHIPS AND FLOATING HOTELS:

    CRUISE SHIPS-

    If a sea vessel is in port for less than 24 hours, then a CARICOM Day Pass will be issued to passengers who come ashore;

    Each port in a country is treated separately for the purpose of the computation of time.

    FLOATING HOTELS-

    A Floating Hotel is a sea vessel that is in the Region to provide support to Cricket World Cup in the provision of accommodation regardless of whether the vessel will be in any one Member State Port for the duration or have an itinerary.

    Passengers on a floating hotel will require the CARICOM Special Visa according to the rules of Nationality and must apply for it.

    WITH RESPECT TO YACHTS

    i. Yachts must submit Advance Passenger Information System before arrival in a Port in the Single Domestic Space. This must be submitted 24 hours before arrival if the yacht’s last port of entry was outside the Single Domestic Space and one hour if it was within the Single Domestic Space;

    ii. Yachts must submit notice of arrival on Channel 16;

    iii. Yachts will be advised to report to an official port of entry for clearance by Immigration, Customs and Port Health;

    iv. All persons arriving on board a yacht must submit their passport and E/D Cards and follow the instructions of the immigration officer at the port of entry;

    v. Any person who arrives without a CARICOM Special Visa must complete an Application Form which will be considered by the Immigration Authorities. If there are no matches or irregularities with the Passport, a Special Entry Permit is affixed to the Passport. US$100 processing and permit fee is payable prior to the Special Permit being affixed to the travel document.

    DIPLOMATS AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDERS WHO ARE NATIONALS OF COUNTRIES REQUIRING THE CARICOM SPECIAL VISA

    1. DULY ACCREDITED DIPLOMATS who are nationals of countries requiring the CARICOM Special Visa with recognized status as at 1 February 2007 whether Resident or Non Resident ARE EXEMPT from the visa

    2. DIPLOMATS being transferred after 1 February 2007 to countries within the Single Domestic Space will be granted a SPECIAL ENTRY PERMIT. (GRATIS)

    3. Persons attending Meetings in an official capacity and who are holders of DIPLOMATIC OR OFFICIAL PASSPORTS, OR LAISSEZ PASSER from recognised International Organisations will be granted a SPECIAL ENTRY PERMIT. (GRATIS)

    4. Persons providing Technical Assistance and Consultants under Inter-Governmental Agreements and International and Regional Organisations will be granted a SPECIAL ENTRY PERMIT. (GRATIS)

    PROCUDURES FOR SPECIAL ENTRY PERMIT

    1. Foreign State or recognised organization contacts Ministry of Foreign Affairs to outline the information required as set out in Appendix E entitled Details Required to Process Applicants for Special Entry Permit.

    APPENDIX E

    DETAILS REQUIRED TO PROCESS APPLICANTS FOR SPECIAL ENTRY PERMIT

    1. Full name, Date of Birth, Nationality, Gender, Travel Document Number, Country of Issue, Date of Issue, Date of Expiry;

    2. Purpose of Visit, Date of Visit, Duration of Visit;

    3. Country or Organisation to which attached;

    4. Details of spouse, dependents, personal or household staff to be accommodated

    2. The above process applies to spouses, dependants and personal/household staff.

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