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In a move set to streamline travel procedures and bolster diplomatic ties, the Government of Saint Lucia has secured a landmark visa-waiver agreement with the Republic of India for holders of diplomatic and official passports, Wego reports.

The agreement, signed on 16 April 2024 by Prime Minister Hon. Philip J. Pierre and the non-resident High Commissioner of India to Saint Lucia, H.E. Dr Shankar Balachandran, marks a significant milestone in facilitating easier access for officials traveling between the two nations. Once ratified by both countries, the agreement will come into effect.

 

Prior to the signing of the agreement, Saint Lucian diplomatic and official passport holders had to endure a lengthy process of up to 30 days to secure a diplomatic/official visa for travel to India. This was due to the necessity of using courier services to send their passports to the Indian Embassy in Paramaribo for processing.

The recent visa waiver agreement between Saint Lucia and the Republic of India signifies a substantial shift in policy. It promises to significantly reduce costs and waiting times for diplomatic and official passport holders traveling to India on official duties.

The signing ceremony underscores the mutual commitment of Saint Lucia and India to enhance cooperation on diplomatic matters. This historic agreement, once ratified by both countries, is poised to pave the way for increased collaboration and exchange, benefiting officials and diplomats from both nations alike.

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