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Passport Requirements


U.S. citizens do not require visas to fly into St. Lucia for vacation, but they do require passports. Cruise visitors require their ship IDs.

U.S. citizens should take special care to secure their passports while traveling as it can be time-consuming and difficult to acquire new proof of citizenship to facilitate return travel should the passport be lost or stolen.

Prior to departure from the U.S., sea travelers must have a valid U.S. passport or other original proof of U.S. citizenship, such as a certified U.S. birth certificate with a government-issued photo ID.

All Americans traveling by air outside the United States are required to present a passport or other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States.

While a U.S. passport is not mandatory for sea travel, it is recommended since it is a more readily recognized form of positive proof of citizenship.

The U.S. Consulate General recommends traveling with a valid U.S. passport to avoid delays or misunderstandings. A lost or stolen passport is also easier to replace when outside of the United States than other evidence of citizenship.

For more details, contact the St. Lucia Mission, 800 Second Avenue, 9th Floor New York, NY 10017 or go to the St. Lucia tourism Web site at http://www.stlucia.org.

For Canadian citizens, a valid passport should be carried for all visits outside Canada. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected return to Canada. Although Canadians are only required to be in possession of valid official photo identification (such as a driver's licence) and proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate) for travel to Saint Lucia, travelers have experienced difficulties when attempting to enter Saint Lucia using a passport with less than six months validity. An onward or return ticket and proof of sufficient funds is also required.

These requirements are subject to change at any time. It is the traveler's responsibility to check with the country's embassy or its consulates for up-to-date information.

Sources:
U.S. State Department
  • Canadian Consular Affairs

    Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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    December 15, 2008

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