Saint Lucia to launch e-passport system in July

The government of Saint Lucia has decided to implement the e-passport system in the country in July 2022. Two Saint Lucian delegates recently participated in the critical aspect of the implementation of the passport system in the country. 

Saint Lucia to launch e-passport system in July
Saint Lucia to launch e-passport system in July

Castries, Saint Lucia: The government of Saint Lucia has decided to implement the e-passport system in the country in July 2022. Two Saint Lucian delegates recently participated in the critical aspect of the implementation of the passport system in the country. 

The two officials were named 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, and have participated in the Customer Acceptance Test (CAT) during the week of June 20, 2022.  

Firstly, the government of Saint Lucia and the Canadian Bank Note Campany Limited (CBN) signed an agreement in 2021, which was entered into an agreement for the supply of ePassports and an ePassport Issuance and Control System solution. 

Immigration expert with the Saint Lucia Border Control Agency, Lucius Lake, outlined the significance of Canadian Bak Note Company’s role in the ePassport system that will replace the existing machine-readable passports

He asserted that the outgoing system was designed and implemented in 2007, and it is now providing the foundation for a seamless security upgrade to the e-passport system. 

Various Caribbean regions, such as Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, and St Kitts and Nevis, also began the issuing of e-passports. Jamaica is also preparing the launch of the e-Passport system in 2023.