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Your Saint Lucian passport has become more valuable – according to global report

By SNO Staff

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Saint Lucia has again improved its worldwide ranking regarding visa-free access for its citizens, according to the 2018 edition of the Henley Passport Index, which was released on Tuesday, Jan. 9 by Henley & Partners, a global citizenship and residence advisory firm headquartered in Jersey.

The country is ranked 34th in the world and sixth in the Caribbean, with St. Lucian citizens now enjoying visa-free access to a total of 130 countries — up from 127 countries in 2017, and 125 countries in 2016.

In comparison, Germany holds first place — for the fifth year running — with its citizens being able to access 177 countries visa-free.

Of the 199 countries featured on the index, 143 (including Saint Lucia) improved their rank over the past year.

Barbados is ranked number one in the Caribbean region and 24th in the world with its citizens accessing 146 countries without the need for a visa.

The Bahamas is rated second in the region and 26th worldwide with its citizens enjying visa-free access to 142 countries, and St. Kitts and Nevis ranking third and 28th worldwide with access to 139 countries.

According to Henley & Partners, “St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Grenada added three additional countries to their 2017 visa-free lists, St. Kitts and Nevis also climbed two places in the 2018 edition of the index, and the Dominican Republic was the highest regional climber, ascending seven places on the 2018 Henley Passport Index to secure the 73rd position on the global ranking.”

The company said all countries in the region excepting Antigua and Barbuda and Trinidad and Tobago improved or maintained their visa-free score year-on-year.

The company pointed out that 14 countries — Cyprus, Trinidad and Tobago, Sweden, Spain, Greece, Lithuania, Taiwan, Iran, Bangladesh, Nepal, Yemen, Antigua and Barbuda, North Korea and Syria — “fared equally poorly in terms of downward movement on the index, all losing one place year-on-year”.

Meanwhile, the other ranking results from the Caribbean region are as follows:

4th – Antigua and Barbuda | 2018 global rank: 31st | Visa-free access to 135 countries

5th – Trinidad and Tobago | 2018 global rank: 33rd | Visa-free access to 133 countries

6th – St. Lucia | 2018 global rank: 34th | Visa-free access to 130 countries

7th – St. Vincent and the Grenadines | 2018 global rank: 35th | Visa-free access to 129 countries

8th – Grenada | 2018 global rank: 36th | Visa-free access to 127 countries

9th – Dominica | 2018 global rank: 38th | Visa-free access to 122 countries

10th – Jamaica | 2018 global rank: 60th | Visa-free access to 79 countries

11th – Cuba | 2018 global rank: 72nd | Visa-free access to 63 countries

12th – Dominican Republic | 2018 Global rank: 73rd | Visa-free access to 62 countries

13th – Haiti | 2018 global rank: 82nd | Visa-free access to 53 countries

Some of our friendly neighbours also featured in the index.

Belize is ranked 54th worlwide with visa-free access to 96 countries, Guyana 57th (84); Jamaica 60th (79), Suriname 63rd (75), Cuba 72nd (63), Dominican Republic 73rd (62) and Haiti 82nd (53).

According to a Henley & Partners press release, Singapore ranks second globally with visa-free access to 176 countries, while eight countries — Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and the UK — share third place, offering passport-holders access to 175 countries.

Ranking jointly fourth on the index, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Spain all provide visa-free access to 174 countries. The U.S.A holds fifth place on the 2018 edition of the index, improving its visa-free score from 172 in 2017 to 173 in 2018.

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7 comments

  1. Growing up in my island of St. Lucia, I was never afraid or had the fear for crimes and illegal acts..it's bastard and pieces of shit from other islands and countries with sick minds and screwed up regions and beliefs that come in and give st.lucia a bad name!!

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  2. people are concerned about their live. How can they earn enough money to make a living for their family. I can imagine they don`t care about passports. I hope the government will improve employment and increase jobs, so that living conditions are easier.

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  3. So why then do I want to leave this country for a civilised one and burn that passport as soon as I get there.

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  4. And you see why Barbados is ahead of us in all aspects? With a nation of a 70% illiteracy what do you expect? A donkey will always remain a donkey no matter how hard you try to educate it.

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  5. And you wrote all this to say what ?? This does not mean a thing to the everyday St Lucian going about their daily lives struggling to stay alive to put food on the table and send their kids to school. WHAT WE CARE ABOUT ARE JOBS THE ECONOMY. AND CRIME ACCESS TO GOOD HEALTH CARE THAT'S IT. The value of the passport is at the bottom of the list. THE VERY BOTTOM to be exact

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    • Exactly who cares tell it to Trump and see if he cares about the value of the St Lucian passport with Christmas just pass everybody waiting for fourth night to pay their bills.

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    • The information was meant to educate fools like you. Stay informed. FOOL....

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