Caribbean Countries Unite To Make Travel Easier

Between February 1st and May 15th 2018,​ 10 Caribbean nations will join together in​ an​ unprecedented effort to​ simplify travel restrictions. Inspired by the​ hosting of​ the​ Cricket World Cup – the​ third largest sporting event in​ the​ world – these Caribbean nations will allow visitors to​ travel between the​ islands without the​ hassle of​ international customs or​ visas. Furthermore,​ all 10 nations participating in​ the​ Cricket World Cup are located relatively close together,​ allowing travelers to​ easily visit several unique destinations in​ one vacation.

Though the​ Cricket World Cup is​ scheduled to​ run from March 5 to​ April 28,​ the​ additional six weeks of​ hassle-free travel have been allotted to​ lure additional tourists to​ the​ Caribbean. Therefore,​ you​ could even take advantage of​ this travel agreement in​ early May – after the​ Cricket World Cup is​ completed – and hop between islands for a​ two-week vacation.

Here is​ a​ list of​ the​ Caribbean nations you​ will be able to​ visit without the​ normal hassles of​ international travel:

• Antigua and Barbuda
• Barbados
• Dominica
• Grenada
• Guyana
• Jamaica
• St. Kitts and Nevis
• St. Lucia
• St. Vincent and the​ Grenadines
• Trinidad and Tobago

Once you​ arrive at​ one of​ the​ island nations listed above and clear customs,​ you​ will then be able to​ travel to​ the​ other nations without any immigration procedures. For those accustomed to​ traveling between states in​ the​ U.S.,​ this may not seem significant. However,​ considering the​ stringent travel guidelines put in​ place at​ the​ beginning of​ year,​ this agreement is​ truly a​ unique opportunity.

Another great aspect of​ this agreement is​ that most visitors won’t need to​ acquire visas for their travel. Residents of​ the​ following nations will be allowed to​ visit any of​ the​ 10 countries involved in​ the​ Cricket World Cup agreement without a​ visa:

• United States and Dependent Territories
• United Kingdom and Dependent Territories
• Canada
• France and Dependant Territories
• the​ Netherlands and Dependant Territories
• Germany
• Spain
• Japan
• Italy
• IrelandSouth Africa
• CARICOM Member Nations (except Haiti)

It is​ estimated that nearly 95% of​ the​ current visitors to​ these Caribbean nations will be able to​ travel without visas during this travel window. Even the​ nations that require a​ visa for travel will find the​ process greatly simplified.

Prior to​ the​ announcement of​ this travel assistance program,​ Caribbean nations banded together for several political and economic reasons. CARICOM,​ short for “Caribbean Community,​” is​ composed of​ 15 Caribbean nations devoted to​ increasing tourism opportunities and activities. Beyond the​ development of​ long-term tourism assistance programs,​ CARICOM will also streamline the​ visa process during the​ Cricket World Cup for all visitors from nations not listed above. the​ visa program will include a​ special website for applications,​ a​ 24-hour hotline for visa assistance,​ three-day turnarounds for visa requests,​ waiving of​ visa fees for children 12 and under and additional preparation for visitor emergencies. as​ helpful as​ the​ CARICOM programs are today for travelers looking to​ secure a​ visa,​ this group of​ Caribbean nations will only make life easier for all tourists in​ the​ years to​ come.

Most importantly,​ you​ don’t need to​ visit or​ participate in​ the​ Cricket World Cup to​ take advantage of​ this travel opportunity. Besides the​ high-profile cricket matches,​ the​ Cricket World Cup will also bring plenty of​ events to​ the​ islands. Though these Caribbean islands are always centers of​ activity,​ the​ Cricket World Cup is​ certain to​ draw even more festivals,​ live music and fine art events.

Whether you​ are a​ cricket fan or​ not,​ there has never been a​ better time to​ visit the​ Caribbean. Book a​ flight and get ready to​ experience these unique and exotic islands for yourself.
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