Jamaica – Big rush
Scores of customers gather to get their passports before fees go up
KINGSTON– A strong police detachment is now at the Passport Office located on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew, where scores of people have gathered at the gates of the institution.
The Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) on Sunday said that as of Tuesday, May 26, the cost of a regular adult passport will move from $4,500 to $6,500, while the passport for a minor will move from $2,700 to $4,000.
In addition, replacing lost passports for adults will cost $11,500 (up from $9,500) and $7,000 (up from $5,700) for minors.
People at the PICA office this morning made it clear that they were trying to get their documents before the new fees came into effect.
The rush of customers to the institution caused a massive traffic pile-up along the Constant Spring and other adjoining roads as the long lines extended from the gate of the institution to the surrounding sidewalks.
Several customers were left fuming because of the long wait.
“I had to come all the way from St Thomas and still can’t get to go in,” said Sashay Wright.
Jessica Jonas another customer said: “I am basically fed up with what I am now seeing.”