From its beautiful beaches to its towering mountain peaks, St. Lucia has an appeal that is hard to match. Knowing which documents and forms of identification to have handy will ensure you arrive and depart this island paradise as smoothly as possible.
Most visitors are required to present a valid passport to enter St. Lucia, including U.S. citizens. Though this has not always been the case, in 2008, the requirement that U.S. citizens carry their passport into St. Lucia became official.
Visas are not required for citizens of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or other commonwealth countries. These citizens are given an immigration form that is valid for up to six months. This form is presented upon departure. However, if you are planning to stay beyond three months on St. Lucia, regardless of your country of origin, you will need to apply for a visa.
Countries that require their citizens to present visas to enter St. Lucia are listed below.
Travelers planning to stay on St. Lucia for more than three months or those visiting from one of the countries listed above will need to apply for a visa. The only exceptions are for those who visit the island on diplomatic or official business. Check the prices for different classifications of visas in the following table.
|Country||Diplomatic Visa||Official Visa||Vacation Visa||Business Visa||Student Visa|
|Rest of the World||Exempt||Exempt||$45(USD)||$50(USD)||$40(USD)|
These rates are subject to change, so it's advisable to check with the St. Lucia Tourist Board for the most current visa application fees.
Along with your application for a visa you will need to submit:
A passport that will remain valid for at least six months
Two passport-sized photos
Return ticket to country of origin
Proof of sufficient funds, such as a bank statement
Letter of invitation from a friend or relative, school or university, or employer
Proof of accommodations on the island, such as a hotel
When it is time to leave St. Lucia, you will need to bring the immigration form or visa that you acquired when you reached the island. It is also important to note that you will be assessed a departure tax of $26(USD) as well as an airport development fee of $35(USD). These fees will be attached to the price of your plane ticket.
Careful attention to policies on required travel documents will ensure that your trip goes smoothly and that you will make the most of every moment spent on the beautiful island of St. Lucia.
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