No rush to World Cup
Jamaica didn't qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be held in Brazil next month, and there may not be a huge Jamaican fan base either.
Various travel agencies say they have not received many requests from locals heading to the South American nation. Total Travel Services' Grace Chin Loy-Oreleu said persons were mindful that the exercise is an expensive one, especially for those who wished to stay for the entire month's duration of the tournament (June 12 to July 13). Chin Loy-Orelue opined that most travellers would be going for a specific game or games as it was cheaper. She noted that the budget for your stay may also change if you're following a particular team, and they go further in the tournament than expected.
Olive McNaughton of Trafalgar Travel confirmed that persons had been able to source tickets for games and were now fine-tuning their travel plans. But she noted that the rush for hotels is one of the bigger issues at this stage. McNaughton said some persons didn't try to book rooms immediately as they had not yet sourced match tickets. She admitted that the hotel costs were extremely high and that many rooms were by now sold out. According to Chin Yee's Travel, they had no packages available (airfare and accommodation) for football-loving travellers, but said seats for flights were not all gone.
Leaving Brazil after the final on July 13 however, may be hectic as McNaughton said travellers are looking at dates as far as the 16th before seats are available.
For those persons still thinking about making the trip, the Jamaican Embassy in Brazil and the Diaspora, and Consular Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade provided advice for travelling. For persons visiting as spectators only, a type of Tourist Visa, VITUR TE, is required. When filling the online application form, please select the option, 'FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 - spectators'. But you must have a ticket for at least one of the games or the receipt as proof. The latest date of entry in Brazil with this type of tourist visa is July 13. The VITUR TE cannot be extended. World Cup visas are free of charge with World Cup tickets.
But travellers should also be aware of advice from the Ministry of Health. Last week, Marion Bullock DuCasse, the director of emergency, disaster management and special services, reminded people travelling to Brazil to ensure that they are adequately immunised against measles and yellow fever. It is recommended that travellers should try to have the vaccines at least 10 days before departure. The Jamaican Embassy is also asking travellers to ensure that they obtain a yellow fever vaccination certificate to take on their flight. In Jamaica, this can be obtained from the Comprehensive Clinic in Kingston. There is an appointment system, so apply now.
To get your visa, contact the Brazilian Embassy in Jamaica (23 Millsborough Crescent) at telephone: 946-9812/927-8964/978-8608, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.To find out more about services available at the Embassy of Jamaica in Brazil, contact them at: telephone: (61) 2192-9774/2194-7234 or emergency: (61) 8107-7794 (after 5 p.m.).Email email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org.