Thursday, August 18, 2022

Saint Lucia Implements ePassport In July

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Two Saint Lucian delegates recently participated in a critical aspect of the implementation of the passport system in Saint Lucia.

The two officials, Mr. Lucius Lake of the Border Control Agency of Saint Lucia and Inspector Crescent Lionel of the Passport Office, Immigration Department of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, participated in the Customer Acceptance Test (CAT) during the week of June 20, 2022.

In 2021 the Government of Saint Lucia and the Canadian Bank Note Company Limited
(CBN) entered into an agreement for the supply of ePassports and an ePassport Issuance and Control System solution.

Immigration expert with the St. Lucia Border Control Agency Mr. Lucius Lake commented on the significance of CBN’s role in ruling out the ePassports, which will replace the existing machine readable passports.

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He says the outgoing system was designed and implemented since 2007 and now provides the foundation for a seamless security upgrade to the ePassport system.

Caribbean countries that have already begun issuing ePassports include Antigua and
Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis.
Jamaica is set to launch its ePassport system in 2023.

Source: Department of Home Affairs

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  1. I agree with most of your points except for @Degree YOU WISHING FOR ST LUCIA TO BECOME LIKE Venezuela.. SHAME ON YOU

    Yes the passport is way more expensive but we need to understand we a living in world with new technology we have to get with the program this is why Barbados , Bahamas just to name a couple is ahead of us in many different ways.

  2. Well, the government came up with a next side hustle,vat wasn’t enough,raise on consumer goods isn’t enough,import duties isn’t enough,gas prices raising isn’t enough paying for some kind of approval letter to visit st.lucia isn’t enough and all stuff the adding and applying to have people keep paying the government money after money and lots of problem to simple is done for there is no recovery for st.lucia.people will have to start eating people down there to survive.its the end of st.lucia.if you have to pay 250 dollars to renew a passport again ontop of all st.lucia issues. St.lucia will become a worthless countries and heading the same fate as Venezuela.its a damn shame.

  3. If this ePassport was a part of our Social Infrastructure upgrade, kodos to it. Forgive me, as I am enraged at the fact that more mandatory national necesities have been ignored and neglected (a proper health system, and improvement in our Social security systems- NIC; proper maintaince of Government buildings; a stronger push in supporting and building our private sector, etc). If we are not the ONLY we belong amongst the few countries who have not had a salary increase across the board in over 15 yrs. Life is getting expensive. I am in awe at the things Governments have over the decades considered important. LORD, PUT A HAND!!

  4. “An e-Passport contains an electronic chip. The chip holds the same information that is printed on the passport’s data page: the holder’s name, date of birth, and other biographic information. An e-Passport also contains a biometric identifier. The United States requires that the chip contain a digital photograph of the holder. All e-Passports issued by Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries and the United States have security features to prevent the unauthorized reading or “skimming” of data stored on the e-Passport chip.”

    I don’t know what’s the fuss with all these irrelevant comments. I recently travelled to canada with my new St Lucia PP. I just scanned my PP and was a breeze through immigration and customs.

  5. Is anyone aware that the CIP passports are issued for 10yrs but passports for slu citizens is 5yrs. so much for putting the people first. Then again they never said which people they putting first

  6. @Sickening, can’t you read the sarcasm. Every time I have to do anything when it comes to my identity, its a whole day affair walking around Castries in the hot sun from office to office, Its ridiculous. Bro I know how freedoms are being trampled on in China and Russia, you don’t have to tell me. And while things might not be as bad in the west alot of these things are more secretive on this side.

    • I dont give a f about e ….f…g…h passports …..I just one A passport! Immigration telling me shate for a single renewal….the queue long as f.

      Worthless people in high places

      • These people like to cut style, just cause the company introduce something new they acting like they all that! Attention they want smh

  7. @Ma Malay, because our leaders have not long term vision, no foresight. I hate wasting my time signing up for things that do not make my life easier. If you going to take a little of my freedom away then ensure I get something back for it.

    • Wow. How about you move to China then if you care so little about the freedoms many have died for to ensure you enjoy now. You spit on the graves of all your ancestors.

  8. smfh you guys remember all this trouble they gave us saying we have to upgrade out passport to machine readable especially if it was not expired so what was the point of all that hassle and now they doing e passport and now we have to get rid of machine readable passport

  9. In regarded to canadien government. I am in Canada, moving to st-Lucia and yes our Canadien government, needs to be revamped a lot. Cheers to all the St-Lucians

  10. I would not trust the Canadian government. Canada is a communist country rules by the son of Fidel Castro who receives his orders from China. They can go to hell with their social score system. Fire burn babylon.

  11. And how many of those other countries have 5-year passports? We have been robbed for the past decade. Give us back our 10 year validity.

      • Seriously?
        So they sell off our heritage and in the same stroke are denying us our due?
        And we are accepting all of this? Why? How come?
        Canada passport, St Vincent Passport, Jamaica passport, US passport 10 years.
        I too have had to renew my passport 3 times, and my US Visa is still going on strong. Awa indeed!


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