American citizens needing to renew their passports or apply for one can now do so by mail, according to an advisory issued by the US Embassy in Port of Spain.
Consular Chief Cindy Diouf confirmed that the American Citizen Service Unit (ACS Unit) is now accepting U.S. passport and U.S. passport card renewal applications by mail.
“We’re excited to be able to offer this fantastic new convenience for the thousands of citizens and dual nationals who both visit and reside in Trinidad and Tobago,” said Consular Chief Cindy Diouf.
“We think it will not only enable additional social distancing mechanisms during this time of COVID-19; it also will allow us to process applications in a more timely and efficient manner, for the benefit both of our staff and our U.S. citizen customers,” she explained.
In general, U.S citizens who were issued their current passport when they were age 16 years or older, and who have the passport in their possession, will be able to use the new service to mail in their applications through TTPost. The mail-in renewal option also can be used for citizens who require name changes on their passports, as long as all criteria are met.
U.S. citizens are encouraged to visit the U.S. Embassy website— https://tt.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/ —to review the qualifying criteria, as well as for detailed information regarding preparation of the application package, including links to the DS-82 application form and fee payment instructions.
The embassy notes that all other consular services for U.S. citizens still require an appointment. Persons unable to schedule an appointment online or who have an emergency, should email [email protected], before arriving at the Embassy.