“There is a new approach to passenger safety and that new approach is to facilitate the provision of the advance passenger information,” Legal Affairs Minister Elvin Nimrod told legislators.
“Advance passenger information is extremely critical and important in terms of safety and security,” said Nimrod, who explained that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are also amending their Immigration Acts. Grenada is the sixth CARICOM country to amend the legislation.
He said that the information provided through the API will assist Grenada in identifying persons who are returning as criminal deportees.
“This for example will help us in monitoring of deportees arriving and knowing what crimes they committed,” he said while explaining that travel has changed since September 2011, when terrorist bombed the World Trade Center in the United States..
“Everything is tightening and becoming stricter, the information must be share so detecting any person who might be posing a risk to security is of great importance,” he said.
The authorities said that the new law will apply to all members and crew of ships, vessels and aircraft, whether private or commercial.
Under the legislation, a captain, master or agent who fails to provide the relevant API; intentionally or recklessly provides an erroneous, faulty, misleading, incomplete or false API; or transmits the API in an incorrect format commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine ofEC$10,000 (One Ec dollar =US$0.37 cents) or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to both fine and imprisonment.
It further explains that where the API provided is inaccurate and the captain, master or agent of the aircraft or vessel satisfies the Competent Authority that the error was not made knowingly or recklessly, then notwithstanding any other provision of this enactment, the captain, master or agent, as the case may be, may not be charged for the offence.
- Countries: Grenada