Government grants another deadline extension for the recall of non-readable passports

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Government grants another deadline extension for the recall of non-readable passports
Minister La Corbiniere
Minister La Corbiniere

Minister of Legal Affairs and National Security Victor La Corbiniere has announced there will be another extension to the deadline for the recall of non-readable passports.

La Corbiniere said the decision was made at a recent cabinet of ministers meeting, where it was decided that the deadline should be extended until January 2015.

“It means that people can continue to bring in their old passports and can continue to travel with their old passports for the time being,” the minister explained.

This is the third extension for the recall of non-readable passports.

“We continue with the same rates for the passports. Once we have passed the recall date, there will be an assessment to determine whether or not we need to adjust the rates,” La Corbiniere added.

Citizens who presently carry non-machine readable passports will be required to apply for a machine-readable passport at the Immigration Department on Bridge Street, Castries.

Machine-readable passports (regular) costs $80 and machine-readable passports (expressed service) $130. Replacing a non-machine readable passport after the January deadline will cost $200.

At the end of the recall, citizens of Saint Lucia will not be permitted to travel with the non-machine readable passports.

Government took the decision to support the introduction of machine-readable passports for the citizens of Saint Lucia in 2007. In March of that same year, the Saint Lucia Immigration Department began to issue the machine-readable passports to citizens of Saint Lucia.

This new system is in compliance with the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO, the organisation that governs the specifications and guidelines for travel documents.

The introduction of the machine-readable passports is to enhance the security of travel documents to avoid counterfeiting and fraudulent alterations.

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  1. Machine readable passports were introduced in 2007 so I guess if you own a passport before that it's not machine readable it should as well be expired by now it's jus like applying for a new one lucian got brains though

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  2. I am a st.Lucian residing outside of the country.I want to ensure my passport is updated...I have no family left in st.lu can anyone help me by posting the stllucia immigration and passport office contact number for me.thanks much st.Lucia.peace!

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  3. @ someone, you had a replacement (damage or lost) passports that's the only way u paid $200 and if u waited this long and got 2...6 months wait, it's obvious they don't believe your story

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  4. The passports should be valid for ten years,and why the increase in cost. The cost should remain the same. This govenment will kill people in this country? everything in this country has gone up except salaries....

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  5. Do you know the economic status of St. Kitts? How many people live in St. Kitts? What is the average earnings of a public worker, janitor, construction worker? SLP at it again. I thought that this argument has been worn out like with VAT "Grenada have it already" That garbage can be fed to most of the old people and asymptomatic rotten-teethed drunkards who follow you rallies. There will be a day of reckoning. St. Lucia will win.

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  6. Aren't all non machine readable passports expired anyway? Considering that every person still has to apply for a machine readable one regardless whether he had one or not, go through name change an all that shit.

    Then Why then would it be seen that he is renewing a non machine readable one and NOT that he is applying for a machine readable one? Somebody is playing you Lucians and I bet is the Gouvedmant. Don't worry wisdom takes time. You will get bright someday.

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  7. Dee dee i too wonder why they issue machine readable passports for only 5 years well ofcourse to generate money...However to renew a machine readable will be $80.00. The $200 only applies to persons who still have the non-machine readable ones

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  8. @ someone the only reason you paid $200 and was given a 6 months waiting period either your passport was reported lost or stolen, or the condition your brought your passport in required investigation

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  9. Mr lacobinere Why is the new passport only valid for 5 years especially as the price would will increase by more than a 100%? So my visa is for 10 years n my passport for only 5.smfh

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  10. We'll it's already $200 cause I had one done recently and they gave me 6 months to pick it up after the six months was due they gave me another six months again, now I have to pick up my passport on the 11 of December just wait and see what happens smh

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  11. Why can't they just stop people from travelling with the old passport. If you have a non-readable passport...rete lakay ou!

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    • Exactly. They're just changing the price of the Passports cause I assure you when I go to renew my readable passport it will be $200.00.

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  12. The adjustment of rates and generating more income or revenue for the Treasury seem to be government's prime reason for extension of the time. There's the assumption that a massive rush will occur for people to renew or change passports but this may not happen at all.

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  13. Uhmm who is this guy again? Wait he's a minister in the current government. What's that? Uhmm, wait . . . oh, he's the minister of Silence, I mean Minister of National Security and Suing others? Wow I thought this guy had resigned or something. Finds his voice conveniently while collecting tax payer funded large salary. This is pure corruption and BS to still have this guy in any ministerial or government capacity.

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  14. This is why NO ONE RESPECTS any ARM OF GOVERNMENT in this Island.

    Time and Dates should be kept. People in this island do have a dependency and weeping problem, at everything when they don't get they wish (no matter what).

    This is just another example of weak Governance.

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