Minister for National Security and Home Affairs in Dominica, the Hon. Rayburn Blackmore, has announced a revision to the original timeline for the transition to the Dominica’s e-Passport. The deadline for changing to a biometric passport has been moved from July 30, 2023 to August 31, 2022.
The Minister assured that measures have been taken to ensure a smooth transition to a modern passport in a short time: “Additional space has been created at the immigration and passport office in Roseau and that is done for the precise reason to ensure that additional staff and additional equipment that will enable quicker processing of applications. I want to also give the public the assurance and confidence that a shift system will be put in place to ensure that there are no delays in passport issuance.”
Blackmore noted that Dominica citizens living abroad will be given the opportunity to change their passport outside the country: “There is a current procedure in place in relation to application through the various Dominican consulates; that process still remains and people can avail themselves of this process if they so wish.”
In New York, the United Arab Emirates and London, it is planned to open permanent offices fully equipped to handle all application processes, including data and image collection. The Government plans to set up the installation of passport issuance stations abroad within the next five months. In Canada, Texas, Florida, and some Caribbean countries, mobile kits will be deployed to register, collect data and images of people living abroad who need these services.
The modern and aesthetic design of the Dominica’s e-Passport, reflecting the nature of Dominica and its attractions, was developed by Bank Note Company Limited. The biometric passport contains a microchip that is used to identify the identity of the passport holder in accordance with the highest international standards.
Find out more about the Dominica’s Biometric Passport and what do you need to get one.