Samson Deen:’Brazilian visa acquisition should be made flexible for the Ghanaian fan’


The Chief Executive Officer of African Origin Group of Companies, Samson Deen  is calling for a review of the directive of the Brazilian Embassy to soften their stance on NOMINAL TICKET purchase as the basis for Ghanaians to acquire visas for World Cup finals in Brazil.

The experience travel agent believes if the Embassy insists on Nominal Tickets as requirements for visa acquisition then many Ghanaian fans will be absent in Brazil to support the Black Stars.

Deen accepts the call for the Brazilian Embassy in Ghana for asking for World Cup tickets as a requirement for the visas but disagrees on the basis of it being nominal with the Republic of Ghana as one of the qualified teams from Africa.

The 2013 Tourism Award winner believes that this process will deny most Ghanaians visas to Brazil even as tourist if the Foreign Affairs Ministry doesn’t intervene.

 This is because Football fans who even applied for the four maximum tickets on the website of FIFA: fifa.com-ticketing portal can only find the lead applicants name and other four tickets on the confirmation email sent by  fifa.com http://fifa.com/  with just a single

reference number which is difficult to understand.

 But with less than 60 days to the World Cup, the Football ruling body will again open its next ticketing sales phase on April 15 for football fans to buy tickets online based on availability and this will give the last opportunity for fans to get tickets through the Ghana FA in other to be issued visas to travel even if only they are able to secure match tickets from other sources.

“My Agency was able to secure 1500 tickets for Ghanaian and international fans interested in securing packages for the World Cup through various networks of the sports tourism industry and I am aware same happened in our sister countries that qualified for the FIFA World Cup in the Africa continent”. He said

Meanwhile, the Brazilian ambassador to Ghana her Excellency Irene Vida Gala has stated that she does not want to see Ghanaians supporters who would throng Brazil to watch the 2014 world soccer mundial to be stranded in Brazil due to lack of quality preparation before embarking on the journey.

According to her, the rules governing travelling to Rio are so clear and available for all who want to visit Brazil and is not only particular to Ghanaians. She emphasized that the laws are not exclusive to Ghana and so will not be bent for “flexibility” purposes for the Ghanaian fan. Story by Ghana/Myjoyonline/Tony Bebli

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