(CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana) St. Kitts and
Nevis today became the third Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) Member State to bring the CARICOM Passport
into operation, making good on its promise to launch
it before the end of the year.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in St. Kitts and
Nevis said it launched its CARICOM Passport today
and Issuance of the document to citizens of that
country will begin on 14 November.
On 7 January this year, Suriname was the first
Member State to begin using the CARICOM Passport,
followed by St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The 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 bears the logo of CARICOM and the words
"Caribbean Community," in addition to the Coat of
Arms and the name of the issuing Member State.
The CARICOM passport also creates awareness that
CARICOM Nationals are Nationals of the Community, as
well as a specific country.
The expectation is that all Member States will
introduce the CARICOM Passport when the stock of
their old passports is depleted.
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,
and a major thrust of the CARICOM Single Market and
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