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Monday 7 March 2011The Government of Saint Lucia says it is taking necessary measures to ensure the full recall of all handwritten passports by 2012.

This is one of the requirements of the UK government in keeping with its decision not to implement visa requirements at this time for Saint Lucian nationals travelling to Britain as a tourist or family visitor for less than six months.

“We have been working in that regard for quite some time and we have given a firm commitment that it will be done. In terms of deadlines, all Saint Lucians should have a machine-readable passport by the middle of 2012, hence the reason why we have seen quite a bit of activity in the last year or two regarding people applying for the new passports.”

Saint Lucian nationals will soon be targeted as part of a public sensitization drive focusing on UK immigration policy.

Prime Minister King says the project—spearheaded by the Government of Saint Lucia—is being executed in conjunction with authorities in Britain.

“We have already prepared necessary paraphernalia for which we are awaiting approval from the British government to undertake sustained efforts to inform Saint Lucians of the entry requirements to the UK so that there will be no misconception or confusion regarding Saint Lucians ability to travel to he United Kingdom.”


Prime Minister King says Saint Lucia is on schedule for the implementation of all the requirements which were issued by the UK government. In fact the government of Saint Lucia looks forward to continue working closely with authorities in the UK on immigration matters and other areas of mutual interests.

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