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St Lucians are being informed of another extension of the deadline for a national recall of non– machine readable passports.

 The Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security has announced that Cabinet approved the extension from October 31, 2014 to January 31, 2015.
In 2007 the Government of Saint Lucia took the decision to support the introduction of machine readable passports for the citizens of Saint Lucia. In March of that same year, the Saint Lucia Immigration Department began to issue the machine readable passports to citizens of Saint Lucia.

This new system is in compliance with the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the organization that governs the specifications and guidelines for travel documents. The introduction of the machine readable passports is to enhance the security of travel documents and to avoid counterfeiting and fraudulent alterations.

Citizens of Saint Lucia who presently carry non-machine readable passports should apply for a machine-readable passport at the Immigration Department on Bridge Street, Castries before January 31, 2015.

Machine Readable Passports will remain at the(Regular) cost of $80 $130.00  for Express Service.

At the end of the recall, citizens of Saint Lucia will not be permitted to travel with the non-machine readable passports.

The public is reminded that it is now more convenient to obtain copies of vital records, such as birth certificates and marriage certificates that are necessary to make the process of obtaining new machine readable passports easier.
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