Jersey and Guernsey passports to be printed in the UK

Tighter security means Jersey and Guernsey passports will no longer be printed in the islands from 2015, the UK government has said.

The decision means passports for all British islands will be printed on the mainland UK.

Islanders will still need to apply to Maritime House in St Helier or the New Jetty in St Peter Port.

The applications will then be sent to the UK and the completed passports will be sent directly to the applicants.

Michael Robinson, the head of Jersey's Customs and Immigration Service, said the Jersey passport office would still be able to issue emergency documents in exceptional circumstances.

This, he said, would mean urgent applications could be accommodated despite weather problems such as fog affecting postal services.

Phil Taylor, Guernsey's assistant chief officer for immigration and nationality, said the move would mean an end to the premium rate service, whereby applicants can pay an extra £30 for a 48-hour turn-around.

However, he confirmed the Channel Island versions of the EU passport would continue to be issued, featuring the words British Islands: Bailiwick of Guernsey/Jersey.

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