Do You Need A Passport To Visit St. Lucia As US Citizen | Sandals


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U.S. citizens are generally required to present a passport that is valid for at least six months after their travel date when travelling to Saint Lucia. Travelers in most cases are required to provide proof of departure when entering the country, in addition to accommodation details.

There are many other questions that come up with travel to Saint Lucia, and we’ll answer all of these in this post, which we hope will help you quickly navigate your way to a dreamy tropical escape that far surpasses your expectations!

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In this article on the Sandals Blog:

Visa requirements
Need a passport when flying to Saint Lucia?
Need a passport when cruising to Saint Lucia?

Passport cards
Trusted Traveler programs
Enhanced Driver's Licenses

Stuck in Saint Lucia without a passport?
What if your trip exceeds the maximum period of stay?
Bonus: Special vaccinations required?
Bonus: Currency restrictions

Consulate and Embassy contacts


What are my visa requirements?

U.S. travelers to Saint Lucia can remain on the island for up to six months without a visa, which is usually more than enough time to take in the most popular sights and sounds of this country island. Stays for longer than that will require a visa, which you can acquire through the Immigration Department in Saint Lucia.


Do I need a passport when flying?

If you’re planning on traveling to Saint Lucia, you’ll need a valid passport if travelling by air. You’ll need a passport that is valid for at least six months when travelling to Saint Lucia. It is recommended to have at least one blank page in your passport to have room enough for your entry stamp when entering Saint Lucia.

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Additionally, all travelers are required to provide proof of departure when arriving to Saint Lucia, which means you may need to present your return ticket at immigration.


Do I need a passport when cruising to Saint Lucia?

If you are traveling to Saint Lucia by sea, you can use a passport or one of the following documents:

Passport cards
Trusted Traveler programs
Enhanced Driver's Licenses

Cruise visitors are not required to travel with their passport, as they can use other Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant documents. With that said, it is still recommended by the Bureau of Consular Affairs that cruise travelers from the United States bring along their passports in the event of an emergency which may require them to travel back to the U.S. by air. If you’re traveling on a cruise, find out the visa and passport requirements for other islands on your route, or speak with your cruise representatives to determine whether you need a passport or visa to enter these ports.


Exception for closed-loop cruises

Cruise visitors don’t need a passport for Caribbean closed-loop cruises (cruises that start and end at the same port in the U.S.). In most cases, they can use their government issued driver’s license or birth certificate. Many cruise travelers choose to travel with their passports anyway just in case the unexpected happens. Your cruise ship representatives will tell you all you need to know about the requirements for your cruise.

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Exceptions for children

  1. Children under age 16 can use a birth certificate, naturalization certificate or certificate of citizenship IF they are traveling to and from Saint Lucia by sea.
  2. Children under age 19 can also use birth certificates IF they are traveling by sea and IF they are traveling with a school group, a church group or a social or cultural organization supervised by an adult.

Minors, like adults, require passports if travelling by air into Saint Lucia. Visas are not required for minors from the United States.


What is a passport card?

A passport card is an official state-issued travel document that can be used as a substitute for a passport when traveling to Saint Lucia, as well as most other Caribbean islands by land or sea. Passport cards cannot be used for air travel.

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Passport cards are less expensive and more lightweight (wallet-sized) than conventional passports. A passport card for one adult is priced at $55, while you’ll find yourself shelling out $135 to get a passport book.


What are Trusted Traveler programs?

Trusted Traveler programs cater to frequent fliers and help enhance their airport experience with cool features like expedited lanes at U.S. airports. The benefits of these programs extend even to international border crossings, making it overall a welcome and added convenience for travelers.

Travelers need to be pre-approved for these programs which generally target low-risk fliers.

Trusted Traveler programs include:

  • NEXUS: Generally used to enter the U.S. from Canada through land, air and sea;
  • SENTRI: Generally used to enter the U.S. from Canada and Mexico by air or land;
  • FAST: Generally used to enter and exit the U.S. from Canada and Mexico with a commercial truck.

At time of publication, all of the above memberships can be used as identification when embarking on a cruise to Saint Lucia. However, none of the Trusted Traveler programs will replace the passport when flying to Saint Lucia.


What is an Enhanced Driver’s License?

An Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) is a special state-issued driver’s license which can be used for land and sea travel. The EDL allows travelers to reenter the U.S. from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The EDL is not valid for air travel.

Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Washington State are currently the only states issuing enhanced driver's licenses. This license cannot be used for air travel.


I’m stuck in Saint Lucia without a passport. What do I do?

There are few things worse than being in a country and needing a passport to get back home, and not having one. Whether your passport was lost or stolen, you’ll need to apply for an emergency passport in order to continue your travels. If your passport has been lost or stolen while staying in Saint Lucia, staff members at your resort can help point you in the right direction as it relates to getting back home safely. If you’re staying at a Sandals resort in Saint Lucia and have lost your passport, you’ll need to go to the concierge desk; staff there will assist you in contacting the nearest U.S. Embassy, and the local police if needed.


Insider tip: All three all-inclusive Sandals resorts in Saint Lucia, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon, and Sandals Grande St. Lucian offer in-room safes to guests which can help keep valuables, including passports safe!


Need an emergency passport? Here’s how to get one as quickly as possible:

  1. Head to the police station right away to make a report. Request a copy of your report to take with you.
  2. Get in touch with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general. Provide details (from your police report), and share information on your airline ticket which serves as proof of your need to travel. The contact details of the U.S. embassy in Barbados (nearest to Saint Lucia) is included below.
  3. Fill out and complete the DS-11 passport application form.
  4. Complete Form DS-64 which includes a statement regarding the lost passport.
  5. Pay your fees ($110 – same as a new passport).

Try to provide consulate or embassy representatives with as much information as you can. This can help move things along quicker. Some of the items you should present include:

  • Passport photo.
  • Picture identification, like a driver’s license.
  • Evidence of U.S. citizenship, such as a birth certificate or a photocopy of your missing passport.
  • Travel itinerary (airline or cruise tickets).
  • Police report, if available.

Emergency passports in these circumstances are of limited validity and can only be used for a short space of time. You will need to reapply for a permanent passport once you’re back home.


What to do when your trip exceeds your maximum period of stay

U.S. citizens can enter Saint Lucia visa-free for up to a maximum of six months. Once you arrive, an immigration officer will stamp your passport with details on the length of time you can remain on the island – this can be extended through the local immigration office:

Saint Lucia Immigration Department
Police Headquarters
P.O. Box 109,
Castries,
Saint Lucia


Bonus: Do I need to get vaccinated before traveling to Saint Lucia?

While generally there are no requirements for vaccinations for US travelers coming into Saint Lucia, visitors can sometimes be asked to provide proof of yellow fever vaccination, particularly if they’re coming from a region where yellow fever is endemic. This includes travel from…

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Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep., Chad, Congo, Congo (Dem, Rep.) Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.

This list is complete at time of writing, please do check whether it’s still up to date before planning your vacation to Saint Lucia.

Regulations pertaining to yellow fever are similar for travelers who have transited for more than 12 hours in a country with high risk transmission for yellow fever. In those cases, travelers over the age of one will need to show proof that they have been vaccinated 10 days before arriving in Saint Lucia.


Bonus: What are the currency restrictions for Saint Lucia?

Currently, there are no restrictions as it relates to currency on entering or exiting Saint Lucia. In some cases, however, travelers coming into the country may need to declare currency exceeding $10,000.

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Consulate and Embassy contacts in Saint Lucia and the US

The nearest US Embassy is not in St. Lucia, but in Barbados. The contacts in Barbados are listed below:

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown
Wildey Business Park
Wildey
St Michael BB 14006
Barbados, W.I.
Telephone: +(246) 227-4399
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(246) 227-4000
Fax: +(246) 431-0179
Email: BridgetownACS@state.gov
Website: https://bb.usembassy.gov/

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Embassy of Saint Lucia in the USA

Address: 1629 K St NW #1250, Washington, DC 20006, United States
Telephone: +1 (202) 364 6792
Opening Times: Mon-Sun 10AM-5PM

Disclaimer: All information on this article was correct at the time of publishing and may change at any time without prior notice. Sandals is not affiliated with immigration authorities or their application centers and will not be liable for loss or inconvenience arising from the use of this volatile information.


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Born on the tropical island that is Saint Lucia affords a never-ending source of inspiration. In the past 13 years, Kylie loved to work with various newspapers, magazines and blogs in the Caribbean.

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