PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security last year announced that Cabinet approved an extension of the deadline for the recall of non– machine readable passports from November 01, 2014 to January 31, 2015.
The public is asked to note that a one month further extension of the deadline will come into effect from January 31 to February 28, 2015.
Citizens of Saint Lucia who presently carry non-machine readable passports will be required to apply for a machine-readable passport at the Immigration Department in the Lamar Building on Bridge Street, Castries before the new deadline date. Passport fees remain as follows: Regular– $80.00 and Express service – $130.00.
At the end of the recall, citizens of Saint Lucia will not be permitted to travel with the non-machine readable passports.
This new system is in compliance with the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the organization that governs the specifications and guidelines for travel documents.
The introduction of the Machine Readable Passport is to enhance the security of travel documents and to avoid counterfeiting and fraudulent alterations.