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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Passport lines continue as urgent travellers are given preference

queues for passports continue as urgent travellers are given preference.

Key Takeaways:

  • Canadians travelling within the next 24 to 48 hours are given priority at some passport offices.
  • We have new methods to help manage wait times at passport offices in Toronto, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Montreal, and Vancouver, according to a federal government website.

At some passport offices, Canadians traveling in the next 24 to 48 hours are given precedence.

The action follows widespread accounts of lengthy lineups and mounting annoyance with passport processing backlogs, which have caused Canadians to miss flights, postpone vacations, and even camp out overnight to acquire their travel credentials.

Ferdinand Pollak, speaking to CTV News from a line forming in Montreal for passengers leaving within the next 24 hours, said: “Before, it was first come, first served.” They now base their decisions on dates and departure times.

According to a federal government website, we have new procedures to help control wait times at passport offices in Toronto, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Montreal, and Vancouver. Those who require a passport within 48 hours will receive priority. Our arrangements will accommodate people with longer-term travel intentions at other sites.

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Others are apprehensive despite being given priority in Montreal, which has the longest lines in the nation.

Dekra Bouissi told CTV News from a long line of folding chairs, “We go tomorrow at nine and a half, so we don’t know if we will receive our passport on time or not.”

In addition to missed work days and last-minute childcare arrangements, pricey flights are at risk. Others are making hasty attempts to contact departed loved ones.

Ludwing Perea Melendez told CTV New from London, Ontario, “We have to go to my homeland in South America because my dad is fading; he is going fast.

queues for passports continue as urgent travellers are given preference.
queues for passports continue as urgent travellers are given preference. Image from TIME

After being turned away the previous week, his wife and five children camped out in the family vehicle to be the first in line on Monday morning.

Perea Melendez remarked, “Our kids slept there like sardines.

Richard Caguioa told CTV News in Fredericton that he had traveled a tremendous distance—roughly 2,000 km—in pursuing a passport.

He remarked from a line, “I flew from Iqaluit, Nunavut, since my son’s passport hasn’t come yet from two or three, almost three months ago.

The federal govt declared the formation of a new task force on Monday to address significant delays in processing passport and immigration applications.

Source: CTV News

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