July 13, 2022 | By Colin O Jarrett |
St Lucia will implement an ePassport system in July amid initial concerns of increase cost from 80 to 250 EC dollars.
The increase, which is yet to be justified and/or explained by policymakers has caught many St Lucians off guard. According to Caribbean News Global publication, in 2021, the government of St Lucia and the Canadian Bank Note Company Limited entered into an agreement for the supply of ePassports and an ePassport Issuance and Control System solution.
Immigration expert with the St Lucia Border Control Agency Lucius Lake says the new passports are part of a Border Management System for St Lucia and aim to make travel more user-friendly.
Caribbean countries that have already begun issuing ePassports include Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis.
Jamaica is set to launch its ePassport system in 2023.