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The Government of Saint Lucia welcomes the decision of the European Union to allow nationals of Saint Lucia as well as nationals of Dominica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago as well as two other ACP countries to enjoy visa –free travel to some twenty six countries of the European Union. This follows the signing of an Agreement between the European Union and the representatives of the seven ACP countries at a ceremony held in Brussels.

The Agreement was signed on behalf of the Government of Saint Lucia by External Affairs Minister Alva Baptiste.

Under the Agreement, nationals of Saint Lucia and other Caribbean nations can travel to the European Union for a period of stay of 90 days in any 180- day period without a visa. The identical rights are granted to citizens of the European Union who travel to Saint Lucia and other signatory states.

A release from the European Union states that “Visa-free travel applies to all categories of persons and for any kind of purpose of travel (for instance tourism, cultural visits, scientific activities, family visits, business etc.) except to persons travelling for the purpose of carrying out paid activity.”

However, it should be noted that the Agreement does not apply to Ireland and the United Kingdom. The existing rules governing travel to Ireland and the United Kingdom remain unchanged.

The Agreement took provisional effect from May 28, 2015. It is now expected to be sent to the European Parliament for final approval.
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