Jamaicans Can Now Travel To Brazil Without A Visa

JAMAICANS planning to travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the Summer Olympic Games next year will have an easier time getting there as the South American country has abolished the previous visa requirement for citizens of the island.

Brazil’s most recent ambassador to Jamaica, Antonio da Costa e Silva, whose tour of duty ended on May 31, and Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Arnold J Nicholson signed the Visa Abolishment Agreement at the Jamaica Pegasus last Wednesday.

The abolition builds on a special visa cooperation between the two countries which was signed in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup last year and extended the validity of visas from short periods to five years.

Jamaica’s Ambassador to Brazil Alison Stone Roofe explained that the visa abolition does not mean that inspection at the port of entry will be discontinued. In fact, she said “scrutiny is even stricter where there is a waiver”.

Stone Roofe added that the visa waiver does not apply to those who intend to become employed, engage in research, traineeships, studies and social work, undertake technical assistance, or pursue missionary, religious or artistic activities (such as musicians and singers).

Prospective visitors should note, the ambassador added, that they need a yellow fever vaccination certificate and that their passports must be valid for more than six months at the time of entry.

Brazilians didn’t previously require visas to visit Jamaica.


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“Jamaicans tend to travel to Brazil for targeted, specific reasons, for example, visiting friends and relatives, and cultural reasons due to the influence of reggae music and the affinity with the Afro Brazilian population. The numbers are not steady or constant and are definitely seasonal, eg, World Cup last year saw an increased number of Jamaican visitors, and certainly we anticipate even more for the Olympics next year,” Stone Roofe said, adding that the population of Jamaican students in the South American country — about 200 — also pulls visitors.

“Both countries are seeking to increase people-to-people contact between our shores, Brazil with a population of 200 million and Jamaica with a population of a mere three million. The visa waiver holds much promise for boosting this objective of both governments,” Ambassador Stone Roofe continued.

Among the other bilateral agreements brokered during da Costa e Silva’s tenure was the air services agreement, which will see direct flights between Jamaica and the south-east regions of Brazil — particularly Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador — and the twinning of the cities of Kingston and Salvador, Brazil

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