CARICOM nationals and legal residents could soon be able to travel around the region with greater ease as a new CARICOM travel pass is set to be introduced next year. The pass will be a high tech card that will feature facial and finger printing biometrics and will allow holders to go through automatic gates rather than the regular immigration control.
The travel pass is part of an effort to unite the Caribbean region and to further develop the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME). The news of the upcoming travel pass is also a further incentive for those who are thinking of investing in Economic Citizenship as the card will make the passage of nationals easier and faster and automatically entitles the holder to spend up to 6 months at their regional destination.
The islands of St Kitts & Nevis and Dominica are the only two places in the Caribbean still offering an Economic Citizenship program. This program entitles foreign investors to buy citizenship to the country, subject to the successful completion of security checks. The process of obtaining a second passport is relatively simple and takes 2-3 months.
A second passport from either St Kitts or Dominica also opens up the world of travel opportunities with visa-free entry to over 100 countries. This visa-free list is being negotiated and could be significantly increased in the next few years. There are many advantages to getting a second passport and with the new CARICOM travel pass anticipated to be available in early 2009, the benefits of Caribbean citizenship just got even better.