Anyone like myself that is pre-qualified for entry for WRC2019 in Spain this summer but hasn't been paying a lot of attention to deadlines should note that the restricted rounds of pre-registration end on Dec 31, and that the open registration period will be opening up on Jan 1. There are currently somewhat over 200 of the 1000 person limit on field size already taken, and it would be prudent for people who aren't on the pre-qualification list to get signed up as soon as possible after Jan 1 as soon as possible, since it is quite likely that the limit on entries will be reached months before the event in late July.
We were not pre-qualified like the Smiths so we pre-registered and waited for the second round which opened today.
We are paid and in. Just a few notes copied from their emails.
"Tips before trying to pay:
- Keep in mind that the system only accepts secure cards. This means that you will have to introduce a pin, coordinates, numbers received throught sms or similiar.
- If you experience problems, try with another credit / debit card. We do not analyze the name of the cardholder.
- Talk to your bank to verify that everything is fine on your side. Some foreign banks must enable a flag to allow Spanish transactions.
- Your bank can do the payment for you.
Pre-registrations MUST BE FORMALIZED before Sunday, January 20, 2019. After this date, they will be eliminated."
It didn't accept our first card but our second try was fine.
I was in the first round and it took 3 weeks to get their system working for US cards and multiple entries.
See you in Spain, Jerkface!
Both a teammate and I had to actually be on the phone with the bank's fraud department when we paid - the Verified By Visa was kicking the payment back. Strangely, this problem did not trigger the fraud alert I usually get, so I had no idea what the problem was when I called the bank and had to get passed around to a few departments to figure it out.