CARICOM to launch Multilateral Automated Travel Document
02 December 2010 10:34 GMT

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will soon launch an automated multi-state travel document (CARIPASS) for use within ten participating countries of the Community. Under the coordination of the Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS), the CARIPASS is another step in the movement towards standardized border control facilities within CARICOM, including training, entry and exit procedures and travel documents.

The CARIPASS allows CARICOM citizens and legal residents of Participating States over the age of sixteen years to access a safe and secure automated self-processing gate within selected airports. Cardholders will benefit from the ease of expedited processing through immigration checkpoints when using the CARIPASS, which is the size of a credit card. The CARIPASS is also expected to assist the region in the global fight against identity theft and illegal migration, given that the document is matched to the cardholder using both biometric and biographic data captured upon enrolment.

Installation of the CARIPASS System commenced in November 2010. Participating countries will include Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago.

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