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Passport services for Belizeans in the U.S. temporarily suspended as preparations commence for new ePICS system

Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2022. 10:11 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today, the Embassy of Belize in Washington issued a statement informing all Belizeans in the U.S. that effective September 16, 2022 passport services across the United States will be temporarily suspended in preparation for the rollout of the new Electronic Passport Issuance and Control System (ePICS) being implemented in Belize.

“The new ePICS system and ePassports will be more secure and will allow for efficient processing through modern border management systems. It will be a symbol of national pride for Belizeans and will establish a bond of trust between Belize and those countries reading it. Furthermore, it will open Belizeans to travel globally with fewer restrictions,” the Embassy noted.

This initiative is in line with the strategic plans of the Ministry and the Department of Nationality and Passports, the Global Compact on Migration, the Government of Belize’s eGovernance strategy, and Plan Belize’s immigration policy as well as international and regional agreements that advance Belize’s development.

The Embassy says that it aims to resume services with the new system as soon as possible.

 

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