Caribbean states developing biometric travel card
18 June 2015 15:05 GMT

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is developing a biometric travel card which citizens can simply “swipe” to travel between the nations, according to local officials.

Director-General of the OECS Commission, Dr Didacus Jules, said the initiative was part of regional integration plans, reported St Lucia Online.

“We have already designed a single biometric ID card that contains all the information that is required so that in the near future, with the issuance of these cards, people from the OECS will not even have to fill out immigration cards to move – you just swipe and you move.”

The OECS has seven member states incuding St Lucia, Dominica, Saint Lucia and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Last December, officials from the  Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) revealed plan to introduce an ID card that can be used by delegates for official travel within the region.

The COMESA machine-readable travel document (MRTD) is hoped to help ease official travel by COMESA staff in the region and beyond.

Meanwhile, in February the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission has also unveiled plans for a region-wide biometric identity card.

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