The cynicism was perhaps driven by the fact that citizens have heard the same promise being made before and then early ‘January morning’, as Kittitians have a way of saying, the new and heavy increases for various government services were rolled out.
That time has come again and from tomorrow, 1st January, 2011, Kittitians and Nevisians will have to dig deep into their pockets to pay much higher fees for passports, according to a confidential source close to the government.
Though no official release has been made by the relevant authorities and though meetings have taken place internally, it would appear as though the effort is being made to “sneak” the new charges on to an unsuspecting citizenry, still caught up in the frenzy of Christmas and National Carnival.
However, our sources have revealed that anyone seeking a new passport will now have to pay EC$250, up from EC$85.00 for adults while children will be charged a whopping EC$150. The previous fee for children was only EC$50.00.
It will also now cost citizens much more for lost passports that are being renewed. The new fee will be EC$500.00. This was previously EC$250.00