Embassy of Saint Lucia - Washington, DC

Embassy of Saint Lucia - Washington, DC Embassy of Saint Lucia 1629 K Street, NW, Suite 1250, Washington, DC 20006 Tel: (202) 364-6792 Fax: (202) 364-6723 Hours of operation: Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (except holidays and Federal Government weather related closings) Consular Services: Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
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Happy Holidays!
12/21/2020

Happy Holidays!

Saint Lucians Benefit from Early Start to Christmas Barrel ConcessionsThe annual Barrel Concessions initiative started e...
12/18/2020

Saint Lucians Benefit from Early Start to Christmas Barrel Concessions

The annual Barrel Concessions initiative started early this year as the Government of Saint Lucia delivered economic relief incentives as part of the Social Stabilization Plan to address the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The barrel concession programme was put in place to assist the needy and underprivileged families during the Christmas season. Traditionally, starting in November of each year to January 31st of the following year, the Government of Saint Lucia felt the need to move up the date of this relief measure.

“The barrel concession will provide much needed relief to the poor, the vulnerable and the thousands of Saint Lucians who have lost their jobs or source of income,” said Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet at the Sitting of the House of Assembly on Tuesday June 2nd 2020, where the bill to amend the usual Christmas Barrel Concession was passed allowing Saint Lucians to enjoy Duty Free Barrels from June rather than the usual November start.

The programme has been very successful with thousands of Saint Lucians utilizing the concessions. In a report to the House of Assembly on Tuesday the Minister of Finance stated that for the June 1st period to present, the Customs and Excise Department cleared 26, 079 barrels valued at over $18 million dollars and Saint Lucians at home and abroad enjoyed savings of over $6.6 million.
For the usual period last year from November 15th 2019 to January 31st 2020, the Department recorded 16,482 barrels, seeing a difference of 9,597 for this year’s extended concessionary period.
The Government of Saint Lucia urges Saint Lucians to continue to take advantage of the barrel concession programme until January 31st, 2021. The stipulations are the limit of two (2) barrels per household and the application of requisite taxes, duties and charges on non-provisional items like electronics or commercial goods remain.

According to the Prime Minister this relief measure will allow thousands of Saint Lucians to obtain much needed supplies from their relatives and friends abroad, particularly during this difficult time.

In an Address to the Nation on April 8th 2020 the Prime Minister announced the Social Stabilization Plan, which highlighted a wide range of relief measures to help citizens cushion the social and economic shock brought on by the on-going pandemic. The national feeding program, an Income Support Programme and tax credits for businesses have all been rolled out as the Government of Saint Lucia continues to chart its way on the road to recovery.
Also in Parliament on Tuesday 15th December 2020, the House moved to grant all Parliamentarians exemption on tax on imports for care packages for children and the vulnerable in their constituency. This includes food, toys, personal hygiene products and other personal protective supplies for the Christmas season.

Support the 'Holiday Care Package Drive' for families in need in Saint Lucia
12/13/2020

Support the 'Holiday Care Package Drive' for families in need in Saint Lucia

12/13/2020
Allen Chastanet
12/13/2020

Allen Chastanet

With God as my guide, I pledge allegiance to my country, Saint Lucia. I proclaim that I will serve my country with pride and dignity and will defend it with vigour and valour in the pursuit of excellence, justice and equality for all.🙏🏼

Happy National Day Saint Lucia🇱🇨 #StayBlessed #StaySafe #LetsKeepWorking

Google Doodle celebrates Saint Lucia’s first Nobel Laureate winner in the field of Economics -Sir W. Arthur Lewis. He wa...
12/10/2020

Google Doodle celebrates Saint Lucia’s first Nobel Laureate winner in the field of Economics -Sir W. Arthur Lewis. He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1979.

Read More Here: https://www.google.com/doodles/celebrating-sir-w-arthur-lewis

When you’re using Google today, you may notice an illustration of Sir Arthur Lewis who is Saint Lucia’s first Nobel Laureate winner in the field of Economics.

According to a published article by Google “Today’s Doodle, illustrated by Manchester-based guest artist Camilla Ru, celebrates St. Lucian economist, professor, and author Sir W. Arthur Lewis, considered one of the pioneers in the field of modern development economics. A trailblazer not only in his research, he was also the first Black faculty member at the London School of Economics, first Black person to hold a chair in a British university (at Manchester University), and the first Black instructor to receive full professorship at Princeton University. On this day in 1979, Lewis was jointly awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his pioneering work to model the economic forces that impact developing countries.”

Read more about the inspiration behind today’s Google illustration via https://www.google.com/doodles/celebrating-sir-w-arthur-lewis #StaySafe #LetsKeepWorking

Updated COVID-19 Protocols for Saint Lucia effective Tuesday, December 15th 2020 to Monday, January 11th, 2021
12/09/2020

Updated COVID-19 Protocols for Saint Lucia effective Tuesday, December 15th 2020 to Monday, January 11th, 2021

These are the updated national COVID-19 Protocols which come into effect Tuesday, December 15th and run until Monday, January 11th, 2021 #CleanHands #MaskUp #AvoidCrowds #MakeSpace #StaySafe

Allen Chastanet
11/30/2020

Allen Chastanet

Some great news to start off the week.
Saint Lucia has officially been named by World Travel Awards as the World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination for 2020, a record 12th time and the 3rd consecutive time since 2018!🇱🇨#LetHerInspireYou #TravelSaintLucia

Allen Chastanet
11/27/2020

Allen Chastanet

The following COVID-19 Protocols will remain in place for the next 14 days to help limit the spread of the virus #CleanHands #MaskOn #AvoidCrowds #MakeSpace #StaySafe

Saint Lucians at home and in the diaspora are invited to nominate deserving country men and women for National Awards 20...
11/27/2020

Saint Lucians at home and in the diaspora are invited to nominate deserving country men and women for National Awards 2021 as the National Awards Committee calls for more nominations as the deadline of Dec. 11 approaches.

http://www.govt.lc/.../nominations-for-the-2021-national...

Saint Lucians at home and in the diaspora are invited to nominate deserving country men and women for National Awards 2021 as the National Awards Committee calls for more nominations as the deadline of Dec. 11 approaches.
The National Honours and Awards Act grants awards to citizens of Saint Lucia and other persons, for distinguished, outstanding or meritorious services or achievements or for gallantry and related matters.
http://www.govt.lc/news/nominations-for-the-2021-national-awards-still-open

Happy Thanksgiving to Family & Friends in the Diaspora
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving to Family & Friends in the Diaspora

11/24/2020
Government of Saint Lucia

Sitting of the House of Assembly LIVE from Parliament November 24th, 2020

Sitting of the House of Assembly - Pt I (Nov. 24, 2020)
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11/23/2020
Allen Chastanet

Allen Chastanet

On Friday morning, we officially launched another component of our Economic Recovery & Resilience Plan which is a US$2.6 Million Loan/Grant facility aimed at assisting Micro, Small & Medium sized businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Climate Adaptation Financing Facility (CAFF), is a funding mechanism financed by the World Bank within the Saint Lucia Development Bank (SLDB) originally designed to offer affordable climate change adaptation loans that are equitable across socio-economic and gendered lines and provide incentives for pre-emptive vulnerability reduction. Taking into consideration the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the business sector, the CAFF has been relaunched to include a Business Recovery Programme.

Enterprises will have access to loans ranging from $25, 000 to $200,000 dollars. These loans will encompass a mix of loan and grant financing. The terms and conditions of the loans will vary based on the enterprise and as such determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis. #StaySafe #LetsKeepWorking

A Sitting of the House of Assembly is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 24. Tuesday’s Sitting is scheduled to commence at 10 a...
11/23/2020

A Sitting of the House of Assembly is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 24. Tuesday’s Sitting is scheduled to commence at 10 a.m.

A subsequent Sitting of the Senate is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m. In keeping with the protocols established by the authorities for management of COVID-19, members of the public will NOT be allowed in the Chamber Gallery during the Sittings. Kindly note that the public can view the live proceedings on National Television Network (NTN) Channel 122, and the Government of Saint Lucia Facebook and YouTube social media platforms.
For details and Order of Proceedings, visit: http://www.govt.lc/news/house-of-assembly-meets-tomorrow5

A Sitting of the House of Assembly is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 24. Tuesday’s Sitting is scheduled to commence at 10 a.m.
A subsequent Sitting of the Senate is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m. In keeping with the protocols established by the authorities for management of COVID-19, members of the public will NOT be allowed in the Chamber Gallery during the Sittings. Kindly note that the public can view the live proceedings on National Television Network (NTN) Channel 122, and the Government of Saint Lucia Facebook and YouTube social media platforms.
For details and Order of Proceedings, visit: http://www.govt.lc/news/house-of-assembly-meets-tomorrow5

11/23/2020
Government of Saint Lucia

The People's Parliament November 23rd, 2020

The People's Parliament (Pt. I)
A panel discusses the need to invest in research and innovation, in the context of COVID-19. The People's Parliament is part of the seventh Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants Programme.
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For details: http://www.govt.lc/news/gef-sgp-to-launch-seventh-operational-phase

The Government of Saint Lucia will enact a new tax called the Tourism Levy. Revenue collected from this tax is earmarked...
11/20/2020

The Government of Saint Lucia will enact a new tax called the Tourism Levy. Revenue collected from this tax is earmarked for tourism marketing and development.

Beginning Dec. 1, guests at registered accommodation service providers will be required pay a prescribed nightly levy on their stay. Also effective Dec. 1, the Government of Saint Lucia will reduce the VAT on accommodation from 10 percent to seven percent for tourism accommodation service providers.
http://www.govt.lc/.../government-to-enacts-tourism-levy...

👣 Planning a trip to Saint Lucia? Here are some things to consider:⁠⁠🌿 All arrivals (5 years and over) must have a COVID...
11/14/2020

👣 Planning a trip to Saint Lucia? Here are some things to consider:⁠

🌿 All arrivals (5 years and over) must have a COVID-19 PCR test with a negative result taken no more than 7 days before arrival in Saint Lucia.⁠

🌿 All arrivals (18 years and over) must complete and submit a Travel Authorization Form.⁠

🌿 All travelers who are not arriving from the designated travel bubble must have a verified reservation at a COVID-19 certified hotel⁠

🌿 You may leave your COVID-19 certified property to participate in COVID-19 certified tours and excursions.⁠

📸: alec_pulvidente⁠

#MySaintLucia #LetHerInspireYou #SaintLucia #Vacation #Holiday #Travel #ThingsToDo

⁠👣 Planning a trip to Saint Lucia? Here are some things to consider:⁠

🌿 All arrivals (5 years and over) must have a COVID-19 PCR test with a negative result taken no more than 7 days before arrival in Saint Lucia.⁠

🌿 All arrivals (18 years and over) must complete and submit a Travel Authorization Form.⁠

🌿 All travelers who are not arriving from the designated travel bubble must have a verified reservation at a COVID-19 certified hotel⁠

🌿 You may leave your COVID-19 certified property to participate in COVID-19 certified tours and excursions.⁠

📸: alec_pulvidente⁠

#MySaintLucia #LetHerInspireYou #SaintLucia #Vacation #Holiday #Travel #ThingsToDo

Updated COVID-19 Protocols to mitigate the spread of the virus in Saint Lucia
11/13/2020

Updated COVID-19 Protocols to mitigate the spread of the virus in Saint Lucia

These are the updated COVID-19 Protocols to help limit and control the spread of the virus #StaySafe #LetsKeepWorking

11/13/2020
Government of Saint Lucia

Update to the Nation November 13th, 2020

Update to the Nation following a meeting of the National Emergency Management Advisory Committee (Nov. 13, 2020).

11/11/2020
Government of Saint Lucia

Sitting of the House of Assembly - November 11th 2020

Sitting of the House of Assembly - Pt I (Nov. 11, 2020)
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Pigeon Island National Landmark - Covid-19 Certified The SLNT is pleased to announce the recent addition of the Pigeon I...
11/10/2020

Pigeon Island National Landmark - Covid-19 Certified

The SLNT is pleased to announce the recent addition of the Pigeon Island National Landmark to the COVID-19 Certified sites on island. In keeping with effects to reduce the spread of Covid-19 virus, the landmark will be opened to visitors from Wednesday to Friday and hotels are asked to call in advance to schedule visits to the landmark. We shall make every effort to facilitate requests while ensuring that the national covid regulations are adhered to.
Establishments can contact the SLNT's programme officer Barbara Antoine at telephone 452 5005 or email [email protected]

Pigeon Island National Landmark - Covid-19 Certified

The SLNT is pleased to announce the recent addition of the Pigeon Island National Landmark to the COVID-19 Certified sites on island. In keeping with effects to reduce the spread of Covid-19 virus, the landmarkwill be opened to visitors from wednesday to friday and hotels are asked to call in advance to schedule visits to the landmark. We shall make every effort to facilitate requests while ensuring that the national covid regulations are adhered to.

Establishments can contact the SLNT's programme officer Barbara Antoine at telephone 452 5005 or email [email protected]

11/10/2020
Government of Saint Lucia

Sitting of the House of Parliament - November 10th, 2020

Sitting of the House of Assembly - Pt I (Nov. 10, 2020)
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A Sitting of the House of Assembly is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 10. Discussions include an Order to vary the rate of t...
11/09/2020

A Sitting of the House of Assembly is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 10. Discussions include an Order to vary the rate of tax for goods and services provided by hotels and other providers in the tourism sector; an EC$200 million loan to finance the Hewanorra Airport Redevelopment Project; and a loan of US$30,000,000 to support Saint Lucia’s COVID-19 Crisis Response.
Tune in tomorrow at 10.
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http://www.govt.lc/news/house-of-assembly-meets-tuesday3

30th October 2020PRESS RELEASEGOVERNMENT OF SAINT LUCIA ANNOUNCES STRICKER PROTOCOLS TO ADDRESS COVID-19 COMMUNITY SPREA...
10/30/2020

30th October 2020

PRESS RELEASE
GOVERNMENT OF SAINT LUCIA ANNOUNCES STRICKER PROTOCOLS TO ADDRESS COVID-19 COMMUNITY SPREAD

Given the current status of active cases and projections, the Government of Saint Lucia is implementing protocols in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 to be effective today, Friday October 30th 2020 and to remain in effect for the next 30 DAYS.

On the recommendations by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Command Centre and following a consultative session with the National Emergency Management Advisory Committee (NEMAC) and various stakeholders, the Cabinet of Ministers has implemented the following:

•​WORK FROM HOME WHERE POSSIBLE
All agencies and businesses should implement a Blended Service/ Operations Approach where possible for the employees. The approach should allow for the functioning of all services and operations utilizing online platforms and standard health protocol where feasible. This will reduce the physical numbers in the workplace and curb possible transmission.

•​REDUCED MASS CROWD EVENTS
Mass Crowd Events are reduced from 50 to 25 People per Venue per Activity.

•​RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS
Religious Institutions are to be guided by the square footage of their respective spaces. Each religious institution must be aware of how many people can access the building but the maximum number of people - 100 for those institutions that are very large.

•​BUSINESS OPERATING HOURS
Cease of all business operations and commercial activities by 9:00PM. Essentially, this will assert a “Minimal Operations” approach. Exemptions will be listed. This will discourage the physical spread of people during typical hours of high-risk business activity island wide.

•​EXTENDED CLOSURE OF SCHOOL COMPOUNDS
Public and Private Educational Institutions should extend the closure of compounds and ensure continued learning via alternate and telecommunication mediums. This aligns with those aimed at reduced physical activity and mass gatherings.

•​NO CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL ON PREMISES
Sale of Alcohol permissible – GRAB AND GO BUSINESS AT BARS ONLY. All BARS and RESTURANTS to close by 9 pm. This will assist in limiting high-risk social gatherings and curb the possibility of community spread.

•​SPORTING ACTIVITY CHANGE - NO CONTACT SPORTS
The hosting of any contact-sports, high-risk sporting activities and events will be discouraged. NON contact sports will be listed. This will assist in limiting high-risk social gatherings and curb the possibility of community spread.

• LIMIT MOVEMENT – ADVISORY
Voluntarily limiting movement between 9pm and 5 am. The Government encourages staying at home between the hours of 9:00PM to 5:00AM in order to discourage the physical spread of people during typical hours of high-risk social activity island wide.

The Government is calling on all Saint Lucians to join the effort in observing the protocols and keeping Saint Lucia safe.

End.
#CleanHands #MaskUp #MakeSpace #EatHealthy #StaySafe

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