The Department of Border Control said they want to encourage members of the public to check their passports are valid before they make travel plans as it is becoming difficult to accommodate requests for express passports due to an increase in passport applications.
A Government spokesperson said, “With the summer travel period upon us, the Department of Border Control is experiencing an increase in passport applications and it is becoming difficult to accommodate requests for express passports. To this end, the Department wishes to encourage members of the public to check their passports to ensure that they are valid before travel plans are arranged.
“Applications for either initial passports or passport renewals should be submitted well in advance of anticipated travel dates. The standard processing time is eight (8) business days. Applications for express passports (initials or renewals) will only be permitted in cases where there is a medical emergency; such applications must be supported by written proof from a bona fide medical professional.
“The Department of Border Control takes pride in the service it provides to its valued customers. The customer service representatives at the Department of Border Control are available to answer any questions related to the application process. In order to avoid the disappointment of having travel plans delayed due to passport issues, the public is encouraged to take the necessary steps to ensure that their passports are valid for travel.”
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