Jamaica: Please staple my affidavit in lieu of passport to my passport 牙買加簽證

Jamaica entry stampIt seems that starting late 2012 or early 2013, Jamaica does not recognize Taiwanese passports anymore. However, websites of their consulates in the U.S. were not clear about this new regulation.

牙買加似乎從2012年下旬或2013年上旬開始不承認台灣護照,從背包客論壇看起來,一直到2012年11月都還有人用一般的牙買加旅遊簽證表格(Form J)來申請簽證,顯然他們改了規定但官網上沒寫清楚。

We were going to travel to Jamaica from the United States in late April. I sent in my visa application to the Consulate of Jamaica in New York City in mid or late January. The package included my passport, photos, money orders of a visa fee and a FedEx return fee, and the Visa Application Form J.

A few days later, I got a voice mail from the Vice Consul, telling me to give her a call back. Then I was told that I should not have used the visa application form. Instead, I needed the Affidavit in Lieu of Passport form, which was nowhere to be found on their website.

My friend found detailed regulations about citizens of Taiwan applying for a tourist visa of Jamaica from the U.S. on Visa Headquarters. Their information was way more useful than what was provided on Jamaican consulates’ websites. However, the Affidavit in Lieu of Passport form downloaded from Visa HQ was different from the one that the Vice Consul emailed me. In print, this form said: “I have lost my nationality of origin owing to ___________. I am unable to obtain a national passport or any form of travel document from the Government of the country in which I now reside.” I left that part blank, sent in this form along with photos to the consulate in New York City on February 2nd and received my visa on February 12.

我在2013年一月下旬把申請簽證的文件和規費寄到牙買加駐紐約領事館,幾天之後,接到副領事的語音留言叫我回電話,她用厚重口音告訴我我應該要用Affidavit in Lieu of Passport (我沒護照宣誓書)而不是一般觀光簽證的Form J。

朋友幫我從Visa Headquarters找到台灣人從美國出發到牙買加旅遊的簽證資訊,比牙買加駐紐約和邁阿密的領事館網站都詳細多了!不過Visa Headquarters提供的PDF表格和駐紐約領事館email給我的表格不太一樣。

玩回來才發現駐邁阿密的總領事館後來補了這一段話:

“Taiwanese (Republic of China) nationals or citizens holding Taiwanese passports, must contact the nearest Jamaican Consulate or consulate or consular post prior to making travel plans for Jamaica, for further information regarding current prohibitions against using their passports to enter Jamaica.”

Affidavit in Lieu of Passport

這個宣誓書要手寫、附照片還要拿去公證,還好男人有一位同事是公證人,沒收規費、不需要太多文件,就幫我公證這個表格。宣誓書除了姓名、地址、出生年月日、職稱、赴牙買加的理由和日期、身高、眼睛和頭髮顏色之外,要寫 “I have lost my nationality of origin owing to ___________. I am unable to obtain a national passport or any form of travel document from the Government of the country in which I now reside.” 我的這個欄位留白,2月2號寄給牙買加領事館,2月12收到我的護照和簽證。

My tourist visa was good within three months for one single entry. The visa was a tiny stamp on this sheet of paper. Ironically, this “I don’t have a passport” piece of paper was stapled to a page of my passport….

When we arrived Jamaica at the airport, the custom studied my passport and visa for quite a while. Then she left her desk for an office in the back before she stamped my entry stamp─probably to double check where she should have stamped. Of course, not having a passport, I could not collect a Jamaican entry stamp in my passport. It was stamped on the back of this sheet of paper…

Jamaican visa stamp簽證是個小小的印章,蓋在宣誓書這張紙上,寫了簽證號碼、類別、總領事簽名和日期,這是單次簽,只在三個月內有效。

這張「我沒有護照」紙被訂在我的護照上,非常幽默。

入境牙買加的時候,和男人一起走到海關,美國護照很快就過了,海關人員研究了我的護照和簽證很久,要我簡短解釋了這張紙的由來,她走到後面辦公室,大概是去問入境章要蓋在哪,這才放我入境。

因為”沒護照”所以少了一個入境章,入境章被蓋在這張紙的背面…

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6 thoughts on “Jamaica: Please staple my affidavit in lieu of passport to my passport 牙買加簽證

  1. 你好 我明年要去牙買加旅遊, 我想請教您關於Affidavit in Lieu of Passport 的問題,
    如您方便可否留下e-mail以便聯繫~謝謝:-)

  2. 分享自己申請Visa的經驗分享,希望能幫到住美的台灣國籍(美國籍不用辦)公民辦Jamaica Visa,Houston,只限面談不郵寄,需事先預約但可當天拿Visa,約10min就搞定,費用$60(好像比較貴,但比落地簽的$100以上便宜)
    住址:6001 Savoy Dr, Ste509, Houston, Tx 77036
    地點:德州休士頓,在Savoy的wellsfargo大樓的隔壁棟,路旁沒有6001門牌,且出入口在大樓後面不是路邊第一次會不太好找,上5F, 509,office小小間,領事主業是律師兼值領事,但領事挺健談人不錯,我是號稱第一個台灣人去申請Visa,跟我說因為中國幫他們蓋了高速公路,建設等…綠卡持有人本來不用簽證,但只要求持綠卡台灣人要簽證完全是政治問題(阿共的陰謀),但他說他們跟大家都是朋友,呵呵.

    流程:先打電話預約時間7135413333, 開放時間星期一,二,四,8:30am~12:00pm.或是直接殺去約時間因電話常轉語音,但前檯小姐人不錯也挺好聊的.一開始一直說我不用簽證,我還要解釋半天因為他們和中國是好朋友,而中國整天打壓…….Bla bla等…
    文件需求:自己印出板主的Affidavit先填好(因為他們好像沒這個文件),兩張照片(其實看他們只用1張在affidavit上),Flight schedule,和$60

    面談過程:我約11:00am,領事11:00才上班但一來沒多久就叫我進去,聊了一下啥都沒問就蓋Visa章在我的台灣護照上(和其他人說的蓋在affidavit不同,我的護照是被Houston領事承認的,沒被中國陰到),且給了我6個月的多次簽證,和樓主的單次3個月不同(好像貴的有道理),之後黏照片上去affidavit和蓋領事章,但他們收走正本,小姐給我一份copy收$60就解決了,大概10~15min(含聊天)搞定.

    結論:因為EVA有直飛Houston(TPE–IAH),UA有直飛Montego Bay(IAH–MBJ),雖同數star alliance但目前看不到連航機票,從台灣出發可以先看好班機時間,打電話預約時間(需告知小姐入境Jamaica時間她會排離出發日較近的面談,但只有星期一,二,四,來不了千萬要打電話取消不要放鳥不然會丟台灣人的臉),玩Houston 1~2天拿到當日拿到簽證再出發去Jamaica.不過當然還是落地簽比較方便,只是好像會被敲詐價格不一,總之Jamaica Visa是各領事館做法不一,但Hosuton給6個月多次簽還不錯,讓我考慮再去第二次,就挑對自己方便的吧!

    等下個月入境時海關看到我Visa在護照上若有刁難再來分享經驗

    • 謝謝分享! 超詳細的! Houston領事好直接啊…不過Houston領事館這樣辦比紐約又更幽默,簽證章蓋在護照上,那還要affidavit是哪招!? 填一填收起來交去給中國,一百張我不承認台灣護照換一條高速公路嗎

      • Hi,
        Thank you very much for your detailed information! We plan to go there this November, currently living in Maryland. I am wondering if you still have the file of Addidavit NY consulate sent you at hand. Thank you!

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