St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Advanced Passage Information (APIS) Bill was passed into law in St. Kitts and Nevis on Tuesday (May 23).
The Advanced Passenger Information System governs the provision of certain information from passengers on commercial airlines and vessels which is digitally recorded for the destination state. Some of the required information includes Full name, Gender, Date of birth, Nationality, Country of residence and Travel document number (expiry date and country of issue for passport).
Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards, speaking with WINN FM, explained the purpose of the Advanced Passage Information Bill.
“The information on that passenger would be given even before the passenger arrived in the island or the country that he or she is travelling to. This information pertains to both the paying passenger and also the crew of the particular airline, albeit and aircraft or a vessel. Let’s say there is a particular person of interest who may pose a security risk to the country that he or she is travelling to at least the authorities in that country would have the information in advance of that passenger arriving.”
In light of the APIS legislation, the Immigration Bill was also amended.
“The second bill which was passed into law is the Immigration Bill that also had its first reading on August 21, 2016. This particular piece of legislation had to be amended in order to give effect to what would have transpired in the Advanced Passenger Information Bill. So the amendment there basically was necessary so that the Advanced Passenger Information can be passed on to the relevant authorities in the other jurisdictions.”
“Three other bills were brought before the House of Assembly, two dealing with the financial sector and the other with the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation."