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Friday, August 05, 2011 Ė Monday August 1st, 2011 herald the commencement of the full free movement of OECS citizens throughout the six independent countries of the Organisation.     Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines agreed that, from that date, they would permit OECS citizens to enter their territories and remain for an indefinite period in order to work, establish businesses, provide services or reside. 


Free movement of OECS citizens is one of the fundamental aspects of the Revised Treaty of Basseterre establishing the OECS Economic Union, which entered into force on January 21st , 2011. 


On that date the OECS Authority of Heads of Government agreed that August 01st , 2011 would be the implementation date for the regime for the complete free movement of citizens of participating Member States. 


In order to facilitate the free movement of citizens, the following administrative arrangements and procedures are in effect in Member States:


OECS citizens travelling within the Economic Union should enter the special immigration lines designated for CARICOM Nationals.


OECS citizens travelling within the Union must produce the following documents to the immigration Officials at the point of entry:


1.         A valid photo identification card that bears the nationality of the holder, for example, a passport, driverís license, voterís registration card or a national ID card.


2.         A completed E/D form.


The immigration official shall grant entry for an indefinite period, save and except in those circumstances where the citizen poses a security risk or there exists some other legal basis for prohibiting entry to the citizen.

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