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PICA implements control measures as fee hikes loom

Published:Monday | May 18, 2015 | 5:10 AM
Jamaica passport.

The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) will be introducing several control measures this week in light of the announced price increases for a range of services including applications. 

PICA says the new fees will come into effect next week Tuesday. 

However, only some customers will get preference in the days leading up to that date. 

PICA says between today and Friday, it will only receive applications from customers whose passports have expired or will expire in six months or less as well as from first-time applicants.

In addition, PICA will not be offering expedited service during the period, except for cases of emergencies.

PICA is asking customers who want to obtain immigration and citizenship services during this week to delay their visit to any of the PICA offices until next week.

Meanwhile, PICA is advising persons scheduled to pick up their passports at its head office on Constant Spring Road between Wednesday and Friday to go to the Police Officers’ Club on Hope Road in order to collect their document.

The cost of most of PICA's services is to be increased. 

The price to obtain an adult passport will move from $4,500 to $6,500. 

The passport for minors will now cost $4,000, moving from $2,700. 

And the price for replacing the travel document will be $11,500, up from $9,500. 

PICA last increased its fees in 2009.