Passport Office experiencing Technical difficulties
Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
The Government of Belize advises the general public that the Passport Office in Belmopan is presently experiencing technical difficulties with the passport printing process. Effective since March 1, 2017, temporary passports will be processed within one week at the normal fee of $30, and will be valid for one year. The Immigration Department will be providing temporary passports in emergency cases for persons whose passports are exhausted, lost (six weeks waiting period does apply), damaged or mutilated, and who demonstrate a need for urgent travel.
Starting Monday, March 7th, all machine readable passports (MRP) that have expired, but have blank pages, will be extended for one year. Extensions will be free of cost and processed in one week, on completion of the attached form which is available at the district offices, overseas and on the Immigration & Nationality Service (INS) website at www.ins.gov.bz. Persons residing overseas should contact the nearest Belize Embassy or Consulate to access this extension process.
The various Immigration Offices will continue to accept applications for processing of passport applications and these applications will be processed as soon as the system becomes functional. The Department continues to work to find a solution to this problem.
Please contact the Department at 822-0284 or 828-4554, by text at 627-0027, or by email at [email protected], [email protected]
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