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Moving to Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is an island nation in the Eastern Caribbean Sea close to the Atlantic Ocean. It is part of the Lesser Antilles, and has a population of about 160,000. It is 620 square kilometers in size, and its capital is Castries, which holds about a third of the people. It was colonized both by France and Great Britain, and today is part of the Commonwealth of Nations. Its official language is English, and its terrain is very mountainous, because it is a volcanic island. It has a tropical climate, with a rainy season from May to December. Most of the population is from African descent, but there are also some mixed and European sects of the inhabitants. There are small numbers of Greeks, Lebanese, Syrians, Chinese and North Americans residing there as well.

Visa

Work Visa

In order to work in Saint Lucia, you must have a job lined up. You must apply to your nearest Saint Lucia consulate or embassy.

You are required to submit the following documents:

  1. Visa application
  2. 2 certified passport photos
  3. Proof of accommodation
  4. Proof of sufficient funds
  5. Job offer letter, including duration of service, job title, salary, on company’s letterhead
  6. Fees

Student Visa

You must first be accepted by an accredited educational institution to have the right to study in Saint Lucia. You must apply for a visa at your nearest Saint Lucia consulate or embassy. To apply for a student visa, you are required to submit the following documents:

  1. Visa application
  2. 2 certified passport photos
  3. Proof of accommodation
  4. Return ticket
  5. Letter from school, college or university
  6. Proof of sufficient funds
  7. Fees

Moving Pets

In order to move your pet to Saint Lucia, you are required to have it microchipped in standard 11784 and reader to standard 11785. Dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies, and you have to have a blood test to show that the vaccination is working. Dogs and cats also must be treated against endoparasites and ectoparasites 24-48 hours prior to entrance to Saint Lucia. Cats and dogs also have to be vaccinated against all appropriate diseases for their species. You must also arrange an import permit before your arrival to Saint Lucia.

Other Information

Click here for some general travel information about St Lucia.

Click here for information about real estate in St Lucia.

Click here for a map of St Lucia.

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