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As the countdown gathers pace towards which starts with Warm-up matches on March 5, host Venues need to brace themselves for the thousands who will descend on the region, eager to experience the trademark excitement for which the tropical archipelago is famed.

Jamaica alone had an estimated 1.68 million stop-over passengers and 1.33 million cruise passengers and the other Caribbean Island including Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados (which recorded 560,000 stop-over visitors in 2005) and Saint Lucia. With the Cricket World Cup added to the mix –  will these countries are even more attractive as vacation spots or will it deter stop-over passengers?

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One of the cornerstones of the security measures is the CARICOM Special Visa which fans from most countries will need for travel to the CWC 2007 venue. The visa will required for travel to the countries between the period 15 January-15 May 2007 and issuing will start on15 December 2006.

The Special Visa is a safety net for cricket fans. In implementing this decision for the visa requirement, the host countries have created a Single Domestic Space which will provide for hassle free movement of cricket fans she added. The countries in the Single Domestic Space are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. Visa issuing sites will be located in the host countries as well as Toronto, New York; Miami in the USA; New Delhi, India; Sydney, Australia and London, England.

Application for the visa could be completed and down loaded online via the CA Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACs) website at www.caricomimpacs.org. A processing fee of US$100 could also be paid online through credit card facilities. It is anticipated that the turn around time for persons receiving their visas would be a maximum of 21 days.

CARICOM SPECIAL VISA FOR WORLD CUP (2007)

From 15 January 2007 to 15 May 2007, the following countries will be treated as a Single Domestic Space:
Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica, Grenada, St Vincent and Grenadines, Dominica, Barbados, St Kitts & Nevis, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago and Saint Lucia.
A common visa policy will apply in which citizens of all countries, except those found in the Exception List (below), are required to have a CARICOM Special Visa in order to enter the single domestic space during the period 15th January to 15th May 2007.

CARICOM Special Visa Exception List
Nationals of the following countries and their dependent territories do not require a visa to visit the Single Domestic Space for Cricket World Cup 2007 or for any other reason.

All CARICOM Nationals except Haiti Japan
Canada Spain
France South Africa
Germany The Netherlands
Ireland United Kingdom
Italy United States of America

All other nationals who already enjoy before 15th January 2007, a form of status conferred by any of the immigration authorities of the 10 countries, listed hereunder, which form the Single Domestic Space and which is valid until at least 15th May 2007.

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

If you don’t fall in these categories, you will need a visa. please click on the link to find out more on you can obtain a Visa. to be apart of the ICC Cricket World Cup. For frequently asked questions about the ICC Cricket World Cup click here

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Soca Warriors Fans

From Trinidad and Tobago, to the United Kingdom, to Germany and elsewhere, the exploits of Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Warriors in the World Cup continue to make headlines.

That’s despite their 2-0 loss to England on Thursday.

The press and sports pundits have been having a field day.

One of stories in the Trinidad Express is titled The Great Escape, which is also the movie theme song that England supporters like to sing.

Trinidad: Just 420 seconds more

The paper says the Warriors were just 420 seconds away from a glorious result.
Trinis it says, are down but not out.

The Trinidad Guardian is reporting that despite the loss, there was pandemonium on the street of St James, a popular hang-out spot in Port of Spain.

In Britain, the Sun newspaper made reference to England’s late, late show with the headline…. Goodness Gracious Late Balls of Fire! It said there’d been a “late rally at Nuremberg.”

The back page headline in the Independent, Better Late than never.

It was front page news on the Daily Telegraph as well. The paper’s sports section carried a picture of Steven Gerrard, the scorer of the extra time goal looking to the heavens with his arms spread wide.

UK: Thank Heavens

The Telegraph, one of the more restrained publications of the British press, said simply,”Thank Heavens.”

The Times Sports Supplement has pretty much the same picture and a similar headline. “Heaven Sent.”

British press commentators were unanimous in their view that England had not performed well, but they did praise the Soca Warriors for, in the words of James Lawton of the Independent, “playing out of their skins.”

What next?

The big question now is what do Trinidad and Tobago have to do to keep their fans happy and get through to the next round.

With England on six points, Sweden on four, Trinidad and Tobago on one and Paraguay with no points, making the next round of the will be an uphill battle.

But, as Trinidad sports journalist Ruskin Mark told BBC Caribbean from Germany, the warriors could just pull through on goal difference:

“Here is the scenario: England must win and win big. Trinidad and Tobago similarly must beat Paraguay and score some goals in that game to have a chance.”

Posted By: BBC Caribbean

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