May 28, 2007


CARICOM Passport
Source: CARICOM website :
Heads of Government agreed to the issuance of a CARICOM passport by Member States as a defining symbol of regionalism. The introduction of the CARICOM passport is also part of the measures to promote hassle-free travel for CARICOM nationals. A CARICOM passport is a National passport which is being issued in accordance with an agreed format for intra-regional and extra-regional travel.
On the cover it will have the logo of CARICOM and the words "Caribbean Community". The Coat of Arms and the name of the Member State are also featured on the cover. The CARICOM passport also creates awareness that CARICOM Nationals are Nationals of the Community, as well as a specific country. In 2005, Suriname was the first Member State to have issued the CARICOM Passport, followed by St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis and Dominica. Antigua and Barbuda, issued the new Passport in 2006.

On 16 January 2007, Saint Lucia became the sixth Member State to have introduced the Passport, followed by the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada.

All other Member States are expected to introduce the CARICOM Passport by 31 December 2007.
Those States, which have not yet done so, are attempting to deplete their existing stock, before issuing the new CARICOM Passport.

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