New machine-readable OECS Electronic Laissez-Passer for officials

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission has begun the issuance of its new Electronic Laissez-Passer. 

Unlike its predecessor, this new travel document is of international standard and is in compliance with Doc 9303 of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), an agency of the United Nations (UN) responsible for providing guidance on the issuance of Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRTDs). 

A highlight of the security features of the new Electronic Laissez-Passer includes the following:

  • Iridescent ink: Ink containing semi-opaque pigments that become visible/invisible depending on the angle of view as well as the light.
  • Letterpress printing: A printing technique that creates a recessed image, pressed into the substrate by, for example, a stamp or punch. 
  • Collated: A text or image that has been applied to the substrate at successive positions. Together, they form a complete image or give the appearance of movement.
  • Duotone watermark: An image and/or text created during the paper-production process by varying the density of the paper. 
  • Contactless chip: Located in the back cover that meets ICAO specifications.

The use of the new OECS Electronic Laissez-Passer ensures that staff and representatives of OECS Institutions and Organs on official travel duties are afforded the relevant privileges and immunities as granted under the Revised Treaty of Basseterre.