Saint Lucia police are anticipating a spike in attempts by Saint Lucians to enter this country via the ‘back door’ to be with friends and relatives for Christmas.
But Deputy Police Commissioner, Milton Desir, has advised against attempts to enter Saint Lucia illegally.
“It is an offence to enter Saint Lucia without first clearing Customs and Immigration,” Desir noted.
He told St Lucia Times that Saint Lucians in Martinique who wish to come home need to check with the Saint Lucia Consulate in the French overseas territory to make travel arrangements.
“Persons would be required to come in with a negative COVID test,” Desir explained.
He said on arrival, medical officials here would decide whether the arrivals will be quarantined in a state facility or be allowed home quarantine.
“This is a situation that we are looking at very closely,” Desir told St Lucia Times.
“I am advising persons that if they are in Martinique they should come here through the legal means,” the Deputy Police Commissioner stated.
He observed that some people who enter this country illegally also leave by the same means.
“Those persons are going solely for contraband,” Desir asserted.
He noted that usually there’s an increase in criminal activities during the Christmas period.
“I am not singling out the back door entry, but we believe that persons – especially those in Martinique who wish to come may try to evade quarantine,” Desir said.
The Deputy Police Commissioner disclosed that law enforcement here have a good rapport with their French counterparts.
He said the French are assisting Saint Lucia with marine patrols