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Travelling As A Jamaican Is Not So Bad, right?

Sure with any travelling you have to plan but when you are a Jamaican passport holder you have to plan extensively. We have so many things going against us from the jump such as applying for visas and the fact that our dollar is very weak. So a Jamaican can't necessarily just pick up and go. We have to plan months in advance for a trip abroad that would be simple for a British or American passport holder.

First of all we can only go visa free to a couple places which includes: Argentina, Antigua & Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Kiribati, South Korea, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Niger, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Sure that's a lot of countries we can go to visa free but some of these places are so far that you end up having to get some form of a visa in order to get a connecting flight because with most of these countries there are no straight flights from Jamaica. And if that doesn't get you, the cost of the plane ticket will. So either way we have to dish out a lot of money to travel.

Now the most popular visa's Jamaicans like to go for is the American visa, Canadian visa and the Schengen visa.

The American visa is highly popular because you can get a ten year visa for multiple travel and many Jamaicans have relatives or friends that live in America. Well it may seem that America doesn't have a lot to offer but think about it, they have the best of everything there from the dessert to snowing mountains and city life. You can easily plan a nice vacation to the United States of America and it helps that its in close vicinity to Jamaica. So getting a flight to the U.S.A. is not complicated.

Canadian visa is another popular one as you can yet again get up to a ten year visa or to when your passport expires. Many Jamaicans go for the Canadian visa these days simply because they have relatives who live there but it's becoming more popular for vacation travel as well.

The Tourist Schengen visa has become a recent favorite because instead of getting various visas for different countries in Europe you get one visa that gives you access to twenty six countries in Europe such as Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.

So if your a Jamaican reading this, don't despair if you don't have a visa or have trouble getting one. You can plan a great vacation to other countries that accepts your passport, the only thing is you may end up having to get at least a transit visa in order to get to some of these places but planning is key. So plan ahead.

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