Bahamas High Commission Hosting Passport Clinic in Toronto 21-22 July 2014

Bahamas High Commission Hosting Passport Clinic in Toronto 21-22 July 2014.

OTTAWA, 9 July 2014 – The Bahamas High Commission is pleased to advise the Bahamian public that it is re-introducing Passport Clinics in Canada. The first clinic will be held at the Bahamas Tourism Office located at 12-2150 Islington Avenue, St. Toronto, Ontario M9P 3V4 Canada. The Passport clinic in Toronto will be held from 21-22 July, 2014. Passport clinics are also planned for Eastern and Western Canada. The High Commission will announce the dates and locations once confirmed. These clinics will be used to facilitate more passport applications for applicants who reside in cities outside of Ottawa, Ontario. The clinics are also in tune with the 24 November 2015 deadline for the replacement of handwritten passports with electronic passports as outlined by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Standard 3.10.1 in Annex 9 – Facilitation.

The 24 November 2015 deadline ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices, which refers to non-machine readable passports, states that passports issued after 24 November 2005 and which are not machine readable, Contracting States (of which the Bahamas is a member) must ensure the expiration date falls before 24 November 2015. In essence, all handwritten passports will be made obsolete by 24 November 2015.

To book an appointment to attend the Toronto Passport Clinic please contact The Bahamas High Commission at 613-232-1724. Individuals will need to ensure that they arrive to the passport clinic with a prepaid/self-addressed courier envelope that will facilitate the transport of their newly issued passports to their home address.

For more information on application requirements and to download a Passport Renewal application please visit: http://www.bahighco.ca/Citizens/citizenshipfirst-time-applicants.html

About The Bahamas High Commission

The Bahamas High Commission, Ottawa continues to represent and seek the advancement of the interests of The Bahamas in its bi-lateral relations with the Federal Government of Canada, and its provinces and territories. The Mission’s Consular Section provides services (visas, passports, authentications, welfare of nationals, etc.) for all of Canada.

INFORMATION:
Marjorie Julien
Third Secretary/Vice Consul
613-232-1872
mjulien@bahighco.ca