HIJAB NO DETERRENT FOR SCREENING IN BARBADOS – ALL MEMBERS OF PUBLIC REMINDED OF SECURITY RULES AT IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT IN BARBADOS

The Government Information Service of Barbados has made it abundantly clear for all that personal religious choice has nothing to do with performing duties at Immigration;-

The Immigration Department has issued a reminder to the public of a number of security measures. They are aimed at enhancing the safety of its staff and customers who conduct business there on a daily basis.

” — All persons, including those wearing veils, will be screened by security personnel upon entering the Department.”

According to the Chief Immigration Officer, Erine Griffith, a strict dress code is in effect. Persons will be prohibited from wearing back and belly outs, halter tops, revealing tops and bottoms, as well as sunglasses while on the compound. Cell phones must also be turned off.

In addition, Ms. Griffith stated that the Department had several new initiatives on stream, such as the recently installed walk-through scanner and security checks being conducted with hand-held wands. She also pointed out that all persons, including those wearing veils, will be screened by security personnel upon entering the Department.

The Chief Immigration Officer indicated that there continues to be a zero-tolerance policy towards offensive weapons and firearms, and she cautioned that indecent language, the playing of radios or the use of cameras will not be tolerated.

These measures, such as the screening by the walk-through and hand-held scanners, will become effective from Wednesday, December 15, 2010.

In addition, passport fees will soon be increased;-

{As of} Wednesday, December 1, persons applying for an adult Barbados passport will now pay BDS$150 and for minors, BDS$100; an increase of $25 respectively.

There has been an increase in all fees at the Immigration Department.

Word of this has come from Chief Immigration Officer, Erine Griffith, who stated that with effect from Wednesday, December 1, persons applying for an adult Barbados passport will now pay BDS$150 and for minors, BDS$100; an increase of $25 respectively.

The Chief Immigration Officer also disclosed that Extension of Stay applications are $100; Student Visas, $300 and Work Permit application fees are now $300.

She further added that urgent passports required in one day will cost $300 two to five days, $225 and replacement of lost passports $300.

The passport collection date is again 14 working days.

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