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Passport office sees calm, fewer applicants turnout for processing

Published:Friday | May 22, 2015 | 5:06 PM

Things were much calmer today at the Constant Spring Road headquarters of the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency.

Massive crowds have been descending on the office all week following the announcement of a planned fee increase, which should have taken effect next Tuesday.

According to Head of the St Andrew Central Police, Senior Superintendent, Fitz Bailey says about 700 persons visited the passport office today.

This is in sharp contrast to the close to 3,000 persons which visited the head office yesterday.

 

Senior Superintendent of Police, Fitz Bailey

Shortly before seven this morning, persons were seen calmly standing in line.

There was no traffic build up.

Yesterday chaos reined at the facility and many persons received minor injuries as the crowd rushed the gates in an attempt to get in to be processed.

The government has since announced that the implementation of the fee increases at the passport office is to be delayed from May 26 to June 1.

The National Indoor Sports Centre is to be used as an additional processing site beginning on Tuesday.