BRITONS WHO NEED NEW PASSPORTS IN BARBADOS AND THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN, ANGUILLA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS AND MONTSERRAT MUST FLY NOW TO WASHINGTON, DC
The British High Commission in Bridgetown will no longer issue full validity passports with effect from 03 August 2009.
The UK Passport Service Centre for the Americas and Caribbean in Washington D.C. will be the new passport production centre for this region. All applications for full passports will need to be sent direct to:The UK Passport Service Centre for the Americas and Caribbean British Embassy 19 Observatory Circle, NW Washington, DC 20008
where they will be processed and printed.
We remain committed to our Consular Business Target (CBT) of issuing 90% of all straightforward passports applications within 10 working days on receipt of the correct supporting documents and fee and excluding transit time.
The British High Commission in Bridgetown will continue to issue Emergency Passports for customers who need to travel urgently.
Customers will need to allow extra time for applications to be sent to and from the Production Centre.
This is part of a global initiative to streamline the Foreign & Commonwealth Office?s passport operation; to make it more cost effective, secure and sustainable.Background
In order to keep costs covered, the UK Government is committed to looking for opportunities to reduce administration, centralise excellence and deliver beneficial economies of scale. These are the parameters we have set ourselves as we introduce more sophisticated measures to safeguard personal identity, reduce opportunities for passport fraud and protect UK borders.
This change is part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office?s (FCO) Passport Rationalisation Project set up in May 2008 to deliver a more streamlined and efficient passport operation for British Nationals abroad, to achieve immediate financial benefits to the FCO, to UK taxpayers and to establish a sustainable operating platform for the future.