St. Kitts’ Green Passports Not Accepted for Travel

As of June 30, 2010, any citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis who wish to travel are required to apply for a CARICOM passport, which must now be used for intra-regional travel (to countries within the Caribbean Community) instead of the former, green non-machine readable passport. A press release from the Government Ministry noted that “nationals, who must have a visa to gain entry into a foreign country (such as the United States), must also ensure that they are in possession of the new machine readable passport.” Immigration and airline officials will be closely scrutinizing all travel documents as part of the routine processing of passengers to ensure compliance with the regulations.

The blue CARICOM passport was introduced in St. Kitts and Nevis in 2005. At that time, the general public was strongly encouraged to upgrade their passports to the new one. The machine readable passport fulfills security specifications preferred by the international community. This makes it more difficult to forge and also allows for easy access to the relevant traveler information.

Acquiring the new CARICOM passport is relatively expensive. Application requires a completed form, two passport-sized photos, a birth certificate, and a stamp fee of $85 for persons over the age of 16 and $50 if the applicant is under 16 years of age.

For full article, see http://www.caribbeannetnews.com/stkitts/stkitts.php?news_id=23455&start=0&category_id=35

Also see http://www.caricom.org/jsp/pressreleases/pres175_05.jsp

Photo of old, green passport from http://offshoreinfo.com/passports/stkittsnevis_passport.htm

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