Jamaica – New date set for passport fee hike

KINGSTON – The Passport Office today set a new effective date for the increase in passport fees.

The new date is now June 1, 2015.

Fitz Bailey, head of the St Andrew Central Police Division, a short while ago made the announcement.

The extension comes as thousands of customers converged on the institution to access the organisation’s services, triggering chaos this morning.

The customers were trying to make their application before next Tuesday’s deadline for an increase in fees, that was set by the organisation.

These passport applicants were among the ‘lucky’ ones who were admitted to have documents processed yesterday. Scores were turned back because of a quota system.
These passport applicants were among the “lucky” ones who were admitted to have documents processed yesterday. Scores were turned back because of a quota system.

Reports are that the mad rush resulted in a stampede this morning that left at least two children injured.

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.

Yesterday a strong police detachment was at the office to help control the large crowd that had gathered at the gates of the institution.

People at the PICA office made it clear that they were trying to get their documents before the new fees came into effect.

Source: (Jamaica Observer)

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