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CIVIL REGISTRY & PASSPORT OFFICE ADDS VIRGIN GORDA SERVICES

Contact: Susanna Henighan – Communications Officer
Telephone: 468-3701 ext. 3926
Email: shenighan@gov.vg

CIVIL REGISTRY & PASSPORT OFFICE ADDS VIRGIN GORDA SERVICES

Thursday, November 1 – Starting this month, residents of Virgin Gorda will be able to obtain Civil Registry and Passport Office services without travelling to Tortola.

The Civil Registry and Passport Office will have weekly opening hours on Virgin Gorda beginning Monday, November 12. The services will be available in the Vanterpool Building every Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registrar-General Mrs. Stephanie Benn said residents will be able to apply for Virgin Islands and British passports, visas, belonger cards, as well as birth, death and marriage certificates. Persons may also make an appointment in advance to discuss an application for naturalisation or registration, the Registrar-General noted.

The relevant application forms are available daily from the Virgin Gorda District Office.

Mrs. Benn said that passport services were available on Virgin Gorda in the past, but were discontinued in 2004. She said that the decision to resume services on Virgin Gorda was based on the increase demand from that island.

“We hope that Virgin Gorda residents will now find it easier and more convenient to access our services as they relate to visa, nationality, and civil registry matters,” she said.
 
Mrs. Benn added that in light of the proximity of Virgin Gorda and Anegada, she hopes residents of Anegada will also benefit from the service enhancement.
    
The Civil Registry and Passport Office is the government department responsible for issuing visas and passports, processing applications for naturalization, and registering births, death and marriages in the Territory among other things. The Civil Registry is located upstairs the Burhym Building on Wickhams Cay 1. The Passport Office is located on the ground floor of the Central Administration Building.
     
For more information about the Virgin Gorda office hours, or to make an appointment, call the Passport Office at 468-3701 ext. 3035 or 3036.

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