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UPDATE: New measures this week to handle rush ahead of passport fee hike

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2015 | 9:51 PM

The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) will this week institute new measures to handle an expected increase in demand for its services amid a pending increase in passport fees. 

The increases will take effect on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

The Gleaner understands that the application fee for adult passports is to be increased from $4,500 to $6,500.

PICA says between Monday, May 18 and Friday, May 22 it will only accept applications from first-time applicants and customers whose passports have expired or will expire in six months or less.

Here are the other measures:

*PICA will not be offering expedited services this week except in cases emergencies.

*Customers wishing to obtain immigration and citizenship services this week are asked to delay their visit to PICA offices until next week, unless time does not permit.

*People scheduled to pick up their passports at PICA’s head office on Constant Spring Road on Wednesday, May 20 through to Friday, May 22 should go to the Police Officers’ Club on Hope Road to collect their document.