The Immigration Service of the Police Directorate would like to remind St Helenians that the full British Overseas Territories Citizen (BOTC) passports for all overseas territories including St Helena are printed by Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the United Kingdom.
The turnaround time from the date of despatch is six to eight weeks for each application. When making an application for a BOTC passport, you will need to allow sufficient time for the passport to be returned from the UK, therefore applicants are advised that it is important that they apply for their passport in good time prior to their proposed travel date.
Where emergency travel is required at short notice, the Immigration Office will issue a temporary passport which will be valid for one year only. This passport is issued on-Island and is only issued to those who genuinely need to travel in an emergency situation i.e. medical referrals with one accompanying family member. However, each case will be assessed individually and a decision will be made as to whether the circumstances meet emergency travel criteria.
For further information regarding passport issuing please contact the St Helena Immigration Office on tel: 22626
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18 September 2018