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10 year passport is coming back in a few days

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The Dickon Mitchell-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) government is fulfilling one of its election promises on the Grenada Passport.

The two-year old administration has taken legislation to Parliament to extend from 5 years to 10 years the life of a passport granted to citizens.

Addressing a Town Hall meeting in St George North-east on Monday night, the Prime Minister said that everyone 18 and over will be entitled to apply and receive a 10-year passport and those under that age group will be entitled to apply with the consent of their parents to get a 5-year passport.

“We are going to Parliament tomorrow (Tuesday) morning and in the Senate on Tuesday to pass the Passport Amendment Bill,” he said.

According to Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell, the change to the Passport legislation will take effect from July 1 in keeping with the commitment of Congress for the island to “go back to a passport that is 10 years.”

He noted that the current price for a 5-year passport is $250.00 but the 10-year passport will move to $350.00.

“In effect when you get a 10-year passport essentially you will be getting a cheaper passport because you are paying less – it’s not going to be doubled to $500.00 – it’s going to cost only $350.00,” he said.

Following is the legislation taken to Parliament known as the PASSPORTS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2024

ACT NO. OF 2024

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AN ACT to amend the Passports Act CAP. 226.

BE IT ENACTED by the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and the House of Representatives of Grenada, and by the authority of the same as follows—

Short title and commencement

(1) This Act may be cited as the PASSPORTS (AMENDMENT) ACT, 2024, and shall be read as one with the Passports Act, Chapter 226 hereinafter referred to as the “principal Act”.

(2) This Act shall enter into force on the 1 st day of July 2024.

Amendment of section 6 of principal Act 2. Section 6 of the principal Act is amended as follows—

(a) in subsection (2) by deleting the word “five” before the word “years”; and substituting therefor the word “ten”;

(b) by inserting after subsection (2) the following new subsection—

“(3) Notwithstanding subsection (2), a passport granted in respect of a person who is under the age of eighteen years, shall remain valid for a period not exceeding five years from the date of issue.”.

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