The Passports and Immigration Department is moving from the Police Headquarters Building to the D’s Building on the reclamation site; upstairs the Electoral Office in Kingstown.
The department will begin conducting business from its new head office on March 3.
In addition, the department would be launching the issuance of the electronic passports, otherwise known as e-passports, on March 4.
Anyone who holds a valid machine-readable passport can continue using it until it expires. However, such persons can change their machine-readable passport to an electronic passport, if they so desire.
These electronic passports are more highly secured and are an upgrade of the previous passport. They contain additional features, which would further enhance the security of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines passports and would make it extremely difficult to be fraudulently produced, the department said in a release.
The electronic passports would be valid for 10 years for persons 16 years and older, and five years for persons below the age of 16 years.
The Passports and Immigration Department said it looks forward to providing continued high levels of service to the general public in a more enhanced and comfortable environment; and reminds applicants to produce all relevant documents when submitting application forms.