[AFRI-Discuss] Re : 04 - RE: Visa to Colombia

Yaovi Atohoun yaovito at yahoo.fr
Tue Sep 7 08:57:50 UTC 2010

Dear all,

With my personal experience, I would not recommend boarding on a flight to 
Columbia expecting to get a visa on arrival.  If there is a country where people 
can board on a direct flight to Cartagena that is fine but I don't think that it 
applies for most of the african delegates.  Two years ago,  an European company 
delayed my boarding of 24 hours from Benin Republic to Morroco even I had all 
documents showing that I will get my visa on arrival. Boarding on a flight from 
Europe or the US is not evident without a visa for the final destination.

It is like we have two options:

1) ICANN will facilitate a trip to the closest country (Egypt, Kenya, South 
Africa) in Africa to get the visa for Columbia prior the departure from the 
country of residence
2)  I assume that mots of the itinerary will transit by Europe or the United 
States. ICANN can send the names and and  support letter of delegates to the 
Columbia Consulates in that European/US states of transit. The delegate will get 
the visa there and continue to Columbia.  For the ICANN meeting in Mexico, I 
transited by New-York to get my Mexico visa there. Again, it is because I 
already had a US visa  and I had many emails exchange, fax and phone 
conversations with the Mexico embassasy in New York and get the agreement before 
the trip.  The candidate will have to spend probably one or two day in this 
european country and this option may be less expensive.

In conclusion I just add my voice to my colleagues to say that the visa 
information process should start as soon as possible.


De : NURSES ACROSS THE BORDERS <nursesacrosstheborders at yahoo.com>
À : "langdonorr at gmail.com" <langdonorr at gmail.com>; Tijani BEN JEMAA 
<tijani.benjemaa at fmai.org>; ICANN Constituency Travel 
<constituency-travel at icann.org>; Heidi Ullrich <Heidi.Ullrich at icann.org>
Cc : "afri-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org" 
<afri-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org>; ICANN At-Large Staff 
<staff at atlarge.icann.org>
Envoyé le : Mar 7 septembre 2010, 0h 29min 31s
Objet : Re: [AFRI-Discuss] 04 - RE:  Visa to Colombia

Thanks Heidi,
In addition to Mr. Tijani's concerns expressed by members during the 
teleconference with regards to TRANSIT.

One countries where DIRECT FLIGHTS are possible from host countries do not need 
transit visas.
Secondly, there are a lot of  foreign airlines that take passnegers to other 
countries other their own (airline's countries) and do not require TRANSIT visas 
to take passengers via their own country to these countries. For example, if I 
were to fly to China with Emmirates, I do not need a transit visa to United Arab 
Emmirates to be taken to China-supposing China were to give me an entry visa at 
their Port of Entry, as slong as there is an official document from the Columbia 
Forign Affairs Ministry.

The time to start this preparation is NOW.

Pastor Peters OMORAGBON 
Executive President/CEO 
Nurses Across the Borders Humanitarian Initiative-Inc.-(Nigeria & U.S.A) An NGO 
On Special Consultative Status with The Economic and Social Council of the 
United Nations-(ECOSOC) 

Member(OBSERVER),United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
URL: www.nursesacrosstheborders.org  NABHI as affiliate of the United Nations is 
poised to uphold the TENETS of the CHARTERS of the UN. THIS it pledges to 
promote and publicise for enhanced Sustainable Developmet. WE believe in a World 
of Law and Order, Peace and Security with RESPECT for Fundamental Human Rights.  

--- On Sun, 5/9/10, Heidi Ullrich <Heidi.Ullrich at icann.org> wrote:

From: Heidi Ullrich <Heidi.Ullrich at icann.org>
Subject: 04 - RE: [AFRI-Discuss] Visa to Colombia
To: "NURSES ACROSS THE BORDERS" <nursesacrosstheborders at yahoo.com>, 
"langdonorr at gmail.com" <langdonorr at gmail.com>, "Tijani BEN JEMAA" 
<tijani.benjemaa at fmai.org>, "ICANN Constituency Travel" 
<constituency-travel at icann.org>
Cc: "afri-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org" 
<afri-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org>, "ICANN At-Large Staff" 
<staff at atlarge.icann.org>
Date: Sunday, 5 September, 2010, 18:27

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