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Overseas Health Insurance News: St Lucia 'has wonderful beauty'

Expat insurance customers may wish to consider relocating abroad to the Caribbean island of St Lucia.

Propertyshowrooms.com agents and media manager Terry Hobbs noted it has one of the lowest crime rates in the region and has many airlines flying direct from Canada, the US, the UK and Germany.

While it shares the "immense beauty" and "wonderful climate" of Barbados, its property prices are as much as 60 per cent lower, he continued.

The expert claimed the tourist board is constantly developing strategies to encourage overseas investors and visitors.

However, to purchase a home there, foreigners would require an Alien Landholding Licence, which costs $1,500 (£358.47) in East Caribbean (EC) dollars, Mr Hobbs stated.

Furthermore, a licence fee of between EC$5,000 and EC$10,000 must also be paid, while all real estate sales are liable to a ten per cent tax.

The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office declared that, while English is the official language and the tongue of commerce, a French patois known as Kweyol is commonly spoken.

A total of 93 per cent of inhabitants are Roman Catholic, the government body added.

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