Tuesday, January 3, 2006
Antigua & Barbuda are all set this year to introduce its machine readable Caricom passports.
The passports will be launched this month with applications accepted from this week. These are the first in the new series of travel documents to be issued from January 16th.
Government Communications Officer Maurice Merchant confirmed training for staff in the passport office has been completed. The necessary paperwork and equipment are in place, as well as appropriate security arrangements for the equipment.
Merchant said that the government had spent over one million dollars in equipment and personnel training costs in preparation for the passports, which have been designed to meet International Civil Aviation Organization requirements.
Suriname was the first Caricom country to issue the passports in January. Since then St. Vincent, St Kitts/Nevis and Dominica have all launched their Caricom passports.