Changes to Advanced Passenger Bill 2018 passes in Lower House

The Advanced Passenger Amendment Bill 2018 has made it pass the committee stage of the Lower House and is heading to the Senate for approval.

The legislation is intended to harmonise how passenger information is shared with OECS and CARICOM States, with a view to identifying persons who may pose risks to the security of the individual islands.

Changes to the 2016 Bill, after the Legal Affairs Committee of the OECS conducted a review of the 2016 act.

Immigration Minister, E.P Chet Greene says the amendments change the description of a watch list and the competent authority responsible for giving information on the movements of criminals including terrorists and criminal deportees.

Captains, masters or agents of any (private or commercial) aircraft/vessel now have the responsibility to pass on passenger information on passengers who threaten border security.

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The amendment will also make it an offence for a passenger to intentionally refuse to give up information when asked by the competent authorities.

As part of the changes, any order made by the Minister to amend the law will require a negative resolution to both houses of parliament.

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The changes are expected to better manage the maritime and air spaces in the region.