Effective January 1, 2007 there will be several changes in office procedures at the Consulate General of Jamaica in Miami.
The lobby will now open to the public from 9 a.m. through 12 noon, Mondays to Fridays. Normal office operations continue through 5 p.m. daily.
The fees for passport renewal will be increased to $105 for adults and $75 for children under the age of 18 years. The cost of replacing passports is $185 for adults and $125 for children. The general fees include mailing cost for all applications, whether by mail or for those submitted at the window.
Persons are being advised that all processed passports will now be mailed by to passport applicants.
Meanwhile, processing time for all applications remains the same – six weeks for window applications and eight weeks for those mailed to the Consulate.
As of January 5, 2007, the Consulate General of Jamaica will no longer issue temporary emergency certificates (EC), as these will no longer be accepted by the United States Department of Homeland Security from persons entering the USA.
This new ruling by Homeland Security coincides with the new immigration law, known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative which goes into effect early next year on January 23rd – all travelling US citizens and residents must be in possession of a valid passport.
Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Consul General, Ricardo Allicock urges all Jamaicans, Americans and other nationals wishing to travel abroad to have a valid passport prior to departing the USA.
The office of the Consulate is located in downtown Miami at the Ingraham Building at 25 Southeast Second Avenue, Suite 842. Persons can contact the office at 305-374-8431.