Islanders Reminded To Renew Passports Before Hurricane Season.

Photo: Public domain. A specimen page from a BVI passport. These passports have to be printed in Britain and mailed out to the BVI.
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BVI Registrar General at the Civil Registry and Passport Office Tashi O’ Flaherty-Maduro is advising the public not to forget to renew their passports if necessary before the upcoming hurricane season.

One of the problems, she says, is that the new passports have to be printed in Britain, so it can take several weeks to get them signed, sealed, printed, and delivered back to the BVI.

Mrs. Flaherty-Maduro said because of the up-coming hurricane season and summer holidays, BVI citizens are encouraged to check the validity of their passports and submit applications well in advance before making definitive plans for travel.

“The CRPO emphasises that applying for a passport involves a centralised process that incorporates printing carried out by His Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) in the United Kingdom since 2015,” the Registrar General said.

She added, “HMPO guidance states that passports can take up to ten weeks to process. As such, by renewing passports early, individuals can ensure smooth and hassle-free travel.”

Mrs. Flaherty-Maduro further stated, “Let us continue to work together to ensure that all travellers are well-prepared and equipped with valid passports for their upcoming travel plans.”

Passport processing may vary depending on the individual circumstances such as lost, stolen or first time passports, which can constitute a longer processing time. Subsequently, citizens are also reminded that they can renew their BOTC and/or British passports within nine months of expiration.

Usually a passport needs to be valid for at least three months to be allowed to travel, and in the case of some countries, six months may be required.

For more information, individuals can contact the BVI Civil Registry & Passport Office at 284-468-3036 or infocris@gov.vg.

Source: BVI Government Information Service.

 

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