More information about Saint Lucia is available on the Saint Lucia page and from other Department of State publications and sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.
U.S.-Saint Lucia Relations
The United States and Saint Lucia have had friendly bilateral relations since Saint Lucia’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1979. The United States supports the Saint Lucian government’s efforts to expand its economic base and improve the lives of its citizens. Saint Lucia has cooperated with the United States on security concerns. Saint Lucia and the United States share an interest in combating international crime and narcotics trafficking. In response to this threat, the United States and Saint Lucia have concluded various bilateral treaties, including a maritime law enforcement agreement, a mutual legal assistance treaty, and an extradition treaty.
U.S. Assistance to Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia is a participant in the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), a partnership between the United States and the countries of the Caribbean dedicated to building regional capacity to reduce illicit trafficking, improve public safety and security, and prevent youth crime and violence. The Peace Corps, whose Eastern Caribbean regional headquarters is located in Saint Lucia, continued its work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic to support primary school education, developing online learning materials with local educators. In addition, Saint Lucia benefits from public health, business development, and climate resilience assistance from the U.S. government.
Bilateral Economic Relations
Saint Lucia’s economy depends primarily on revenue from tourism. More visitors to Saint Lucia are from the United States than any other country. Saint Lucia is a beneficiary of the Caribbean Basin Initiative, which aims to facilitate the economic development and export diversification of the Caribbean Basin economies by providing beneficiary countries with duty-free access to the U.S. market for most goods. The single most significant foreign investment in Saint Lucia is U.S.-based Buckeye Partners Limited’s large petroleum storage and trans-shipment terminal.
Saint Lucia’s Membership in International Organizations
Saint Lucia’s foreign relations emphasize mutual economic cooperation and trade and investment. The country conducts its foreign policy through its membership in regional organizations, including the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Saint Lucia and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, Organization of American States, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and the World Trade Organization.
Principal U.S. embassy officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List.
Saint Lucia maintains an embassy in the United States at 1629 K Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006 (tel. 202-364-6792).
More information about Saint Lucia is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:
U.S Strategy for Engagement in the Caribbean
CIA World Factbook Saint Lucia Page
USAID Eastern Caribbean Page
History of U.S. Relations With Saint Lucia
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics