Saturday 25 January, 2020

Canada issues advisory for travellers from the C’bean with e-passports

In a series of new guidelines, the Canadian government has told Caribbean visitors with new electronic passports that they should desist from travelling with both documents.

As reported by the CMC, the Canadian government, in a statement, has advised that travellers should transfer the visa counterfoil to the new passport to avoid delays at airports.

It said delays happen when airline representatives are forced to enter details from two separate passport documents. This procedure results in the Interactive Advance Passenger Information (IAPI) detecting conflicting information from the new and cancelled passports, and subsequently relaying a 'No Board' prompt.

The Canadian Government said additional time is now required to override the system in order to generate a boarding pass, “all of which result in inconvenience to both airline and passengers”.

The Canadian authorities have advised that instructions on transferring visas to the new passport can be obtained by contacting the migration section of the High Commission of Canada in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and that the procedure normally takes three weeks.

“The transferred visa will have the same duration of validity as the original visa and biometric enrolment is not required,” the statement said.

It added that if a traveller wishes to apply for a new visa for the duration of the validity of the new passport, then it is considered a new application and would, therefore, be subject to biometric enrolment if the citizen has not already enrolled their biometrics since December 31, 2018.

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