Information on Returning Nationals

A Returning national is

  • A citizen of Saint Lucia by birth, of eighteen years and above, returning to Saint Lucia to settle after a minimum of ten years residence abroad;
  • A citizen of Saint Lucia by descent who is eighteen years and above who is coming to Saint Lucia to settle, after a minimum of ten years residence abroad; or
  • An alien spouse of a citizen of Saint Lucia by birth or descent, coming to Saint Lucia to settle, after a minimum of ten years residence abroad;

A returning national may be permitted to import free of customs duty, household and personal effects, whether new or used, adequate to furnish his or her family residence.

A returning national may import one motor vehicle whether new or used with a CIF value of not more than US$30,000.00 or EC$81,507.00 free of customs duty provided the returning national arrives accompanied by the motor vehicle or the vehicle arrives within three months before or after the arrival of the returning national or is purchased in Saint Lucia by the returning national within three months of his or her return to Saint Lucia.
If the CIF value of a motor vehicle imported under this concession exceeds US$30,000.00 or EC$81,507.00, the full customs duties will be payable on the excess amount.

A returning national may import free of customs duty, tools of trade, instruments and pieces of equipment normally used in the pursuit of the declared profession or trade of the returning national. Tools of trade does not include plant, machinery and heavy duty vehicles.

CIF value: purchase and sale clause that includes the value of the goods in the country of origin plus cost of freight and insurance to point of destination.