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The Belize-CARICOM Passport

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CARICOM passport comes with new security features

But if you’re heading east, the new CARICOM passports have just been released and should make traveling hassle free in the Caribbean region. As we’ve reported, they come with a new look and have a number of built in features that made the document stand out. The passport, which is now forty-eight pages thick and valid for ten years, will allow Belizeans an automatic six month stay in any member state of CARICOM. And according to Director of Immigration, Gareth Murrillo, who appeared on our Open Your Eyes breakfast show this morning, the new design is also packed with security features.

Gareth Murrillo, Director of Immigration
“Now all of this particular text and the national symbols on the inside of the front cover, they’re done with a security ink called intaglio ink. It’s raised. You can rub your finger over it and it does have a feel; it does have a texture. It’s not a very cheap process.”

Marleni Cuellar
“But this is a security feature of the passport.”

Gareth Murillo
“Yes, this is a security feature, yes. The thing with intaglio ink and how you know it is quality intaglio is it never dries. We also have on the pages, particularly on the inside of this front cover; this design would be referred to as a guilloché. It’s just a French word; all it is is a pattern of wavy lines. If it were to be magnified under a microscope that is the depth of it, you would see that this is just a pattern of wavy lines on the underneath.”

Marleni Cuellar
“And on the pages itself?”

Gareth Murillo
“On the pages itself, you will note we have the mahogany tree, which is on every page.”

William Neal
“First they’re doing the bio-data page and again, you have the dual image.”

Gareth Murillo
“Yes, the smaller image is referred to in security terms as a ghost image. What we have done on that bio-data page is over that ghost image we have on the laminate itself, which is the plastic that covers that particular page, we have a color shifting image of our statement ‘Sub Umbra Floreo’. Just beneath the laminate on the page, beneath where the two lines of code goes which make the passport machine readable, in this pink and blue just below it spells out the word Belize.”

Murrillo says some of the other security features of the passport require forensic equipment to test for validity.

The Immigration Department is also planning to issue a card that will allow Belizeans to travel to Chetumal without a passport. The card will be implemented so that passport holders will not have to use their passports for travel just across the border.

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Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat

Reprinted from http://caricom.org/jsp/pressreleases/pres86_09.jsp?null&prnf=1

 Press release 86/2009

(17 March 2009)

BELIZE BECOMES TWELFTH MEMBER STATE TO ISSUE CARICOM PASSPORT

            (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) All twelve Member States participating in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) are now issuing the CARICOM passport.

This week Belize became the twelfth CARICOM Member State to introduce the document during a ceremony held in the capital of Belmopan.

A CARICOM passport, which features the CARICOM logo and the words “Caribbean Community” printed on the cover, is a National passport which is issued in accordance with agreed common colours and format for intra-regional and extra-regional travel.

The Coat of Arms and the name of the Member State are also featured on the cover.

The issuance of the CARICOM passport was agreed to by Heads of Government and the document is seen as a defining symbol of regionalism.

The first CARICOM passport was issued on 7 January 2005 and since that time Member States have introduced the CARICOM passport when the stock of their old passports were depleted.

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Belize-CARICOM passports finally arrive

In 2005 CARICOM countries began converting their passports to a regional document. Suriname was the first country to do so and today Belize became the last. It was that reason why Belizeans have been having trouble renewing or obtaining new passports as the Ministry of Immigration and National Security awaited the arrival of a shipment of the new travel documents. Tonight the Belize-CARICOM passports are being issued... and as News Five’s Kendra Griffith found out, it comes with a modern look and special perks.

Kendra Griffith, Reporting
This morning Minister of National Security Carlos Perdomo was one of the first Belizeans to be issued the new CARICOM passport in a ceremony where the travel document was officially unveiled in Belmopan.

Carlos Perdomo, Minister of National Security
“This new passport is a part of measures aimed at promoting hassle-free travel for CARICOM nationals within the region. It is intended that the Belize CARICOM passport will create awareness that we are an integral part of the regional Caribbean Community as well as of being uniquely a Belizean citizen.”

Gareth Murillo, Director of Immigration
“It is still a Belize passport; it is still a national document. The difference is that this one now is a CARICOM passport, it is a regional passport. It is intended to be a symbol of regionalism and integration with the other CARICOM countries. The pages have a lot of our national symbol on them, we have updated to more modern technology the security aspects of the passport.”

Kendra Griffith
“in what regards?”

Gareth Murillo
“In several regards in terms of the printing of the passport, in terms of the manufacturing of the passport.”

There are three colours: blue for ordinary citizens, green for service personnel, and red for diplomats. The passport will be valid for ten years, has forty-eight pages, and entitles Belizeans to an automatic six month stay in member states. But if you haven’t already applied for yours, you’ll have a long wait ahead of you.

Gareth Murillo
“We haven’t been processing passports over the last several weeks and a significant backlog has developed. We will need time to clear that backlog. We are intending to work late evenings and on weekends to clear that backlog. We should get through with clearing that backlog within six to eight weeks and at that time, we can resume with the normal processing time.” 

Kendra Griffith
“So if I need a passport right now, I probably won’t be able to get one?”

Gareth Murillo
“What we are saying right is if you are intending to travel, give us at least a month, give us at least four weeks to process your passport.”

Director of Immigration Gareth Murillo is nonetheless encouraging residents to update their passports for the newer version.

Gareth Murillo
“We have been issuing machine readable passports now since 2005, but we still have a significant number of people who have not as yet upgraded their passports. I believe that now is an appropriate time to move away from those handwritten passports and go up to the machine readable passport now.”

Belize was the last member country to implement the regional passport, but we were among the first six countries to sign on to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy in 2006. The C.S.M.E. allows the free flow of labour, goods, and capital among participating states.

Shawn Richards, Focal Point, C.S.M.E.
“People are still not aware of this animal we call the C.S.M.E. I think we still have to put more effort in putting it out there and selling it to the people of Belize.”

Shawn Richards is the Focal Point for the C.S.M.E. in the Directorate of Foreign Trade... She says passport aside, Belize is on track with its implementation.
Shawn Richards
“We have complied with everything so far. Right now we are in process that we have to really get doing some more legal adjustments as respect to the free movement of persons. They have added some more categories to the five, so now we have nine categories that can move freely within the whole spectrum of the region from member state of member state.”

The category of persons able to move around now includes artists, musicians, university graduates, athletes, persons, media workers, artisans, nurses and teachers, and persons with associate degrees. Richards says there are several Belizeans who are already utilizing the free movement... but others are still wary.

Shawn Richards
“Most people I think are afraid of the issue of free movement. I don’t know if you might get that sense too as a part of the media and when you’ve done your interviews and you’re moving around. That’s basically what—every time you go out there, that is the issue you hear out there. People will come and take away the jobs.”

Kendra Griffith
“Is that likely?”

Shawn Richards
“To me it’s not a reality. I believe that the C.S.M.E. would be like an enhancement because you always hear people say we don’t have capacity with respect to human capacity to do certain things. People can look at this as a way to enhance because now you can look at your labour force not only being of Belize, now you can go to Jamaica. We don’t have to restrain to Belize and similarly the people there can say they don’t have to stay in Jamaica they can come out and work. And to me it will be that you will build capacity.”

Kendra Griffith reporting for News Five.

To utilize the free movement you have to get a skills certificate. That is currently being done through the Ministry of Education, however, there are plans to establish an accreditation board.

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 Belize-CARICOM Passport Application

Before downloading the application form, carefully review the instructions below.

Please Note:

1.  The fees listed are in Belize currency and apply only to applications submitted in person at the Immigration and Passport Office of the Immigration and Nationality Department in Belize City.  Contact the office of the Consul General in California for required application fees in U.S. currency or for additional information.

2.  You may download the application form from either the Government of Belize's website or from this local site.

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BELIZE PASSPORT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please read the instructions below before completing the passport application form.

1. THIS FORM SHOULD BE CLEARLY WRITTEN IN PRINT WITH BLACK OR BLUE INK.

2. SECTIONS 1 AND 4 OF THIS FORM MUST BE COMPLETED BY ALL APPLICANTS.

3. SECTIONS 2 AND 3 MUST BE COMPLETED BY THOSE TO WHOM THEY APPLY.

4. THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH AND ALL DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED MUST EITHER BE IN ENGLISH OR BE ACCOMPANIED BY A CERTIFIED ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THAT DOCUMENT.

Authentication of application.

The application form must be authenticated and sponsored in Section 5 by a Member of the House of Representatives, Permanent Secretary, Justice of the Peace, Minister of Religion, Medical or Legal Practitioner, Notary Public, or Head of any Department of the Government of Belize.

In the case of a person applying abroad at a Belizean Embassy, High Commission, Consulate or Consular Agency, authentication must be by a registered Medical

or Legal Practitioner, Notary Public, or Registered Minister of Religion.

Documents to be produced.

If the applicant is:

a) a Belizean by birth (born in Belize) - birth certificate from the Registrar General’s office (for those applying for the first time and those replacing lost, destroyed, or stolen passports) ; previous passport (for those replacing/renewing available passports.)

b) a Belizean by descent [born outside Belize to Belizean parent(s) but naturalized] - (i) birth certificate from native country and (ii) his/her naturalization

by descent document or other evidence of Belizean nationality.

c) a Belizean by registration (born outside Belize but has become a citizen through naturalization) - (i) native birth certificate or passport and (ii) his/her Belize

nationality certificate.

d) a married woman – all of the above that apply plus a marriage certificate (issued by vital statistics or registrar’s office.)

e) a divorced woman wishing to revert to her maiden name – all of the above that apply plus the divorce certificate.

Photo identification is required from all. This may be in the form of social security and voter registration cards. Driver’s licenses are not acceptable.

* For the applicant whose previous passport is now unavailable for submission (be it destroyed, lost, or stolen), a statutory declaration attesting to its’ particulars and the reasons for its’ unavailability along with a report from the Police indicating that the incident leading to the unavailability has been recorded are to be submitted. The statutory declaration, only, is also a requirement for those whose passport is available for presentation but has become damaged.

A change of name other than by marriage must be substantiated by the production of evidence showing that a bona fide change has been made for all purposes.

Fees.

The charge:

a) for an ordinary passport (32 pages) - $30.00

b) for an emergency passport (within five (5) working days – 32 pages) - $55.00

b) to replace a lost, damaged, or stolen passport - $50.00

All fees are payable in cash.

What to do with the completed form.

The completed form with all necessary documents and fee must be presented personally at the Immigration and Passport Office, Belize City, Immigration and Nationality

Headquarters, Belmopan, the Immigration Offices in the district towns of Corozal, Orange Walk, San Pedro, Dangriga, and Punta Gorda or at the Belize Foreign Mission in Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., U.S.A., London, U.K., Taipei, Taiwan, and Panama City, Panama. Application forms may be obtained from any of these offices.

Passport applications are normally processed within fifteen (15) days.

Applications for passports should reach the local offices at least five (5) working days before that on which the passport is required. In the case of persons applying abroad, this is determined by the Foreign Mission; note that fees and processing time at these Missions may vary.

WARNING

To the applicant and the recommender:

It is a prosecutable offence [contrary to Sections 3 (e) and (h), Chapter 164, Laws of Belize] to make any false representation with respect to information requested by this form.

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