CARICOM announces plans to introduce new travel card

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries will introduce a new high-tech travel card and an automatic six-month stay for all community nationals travelling to other member states, government officials disclosed here Wednesday.

Barbados Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley told journalists that a decision was taken at the 28th CARICOM Heads of Government conference to introduce the travel card which would allow the region to create a virtual single domestic space similar to what obtained during the hosting of the Cricket World Cup.

“It has two forms of biometrics – the finger prints and the facial, so that when you come to the airport and you have a CARICOM travel card you can swipe at a machine and the barrier would be opened and you walk through,” Mottley tsaid, adding that an implementation date for the new system could be determined as early as September when heads met to consider the matter.

She said the card would speed entry through immigration and would be available to all CARICOM nationals in participating states as well as to any third party person who had legal status within the particular country.