August 12, 2022

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Passport queues are declining

Passport queues are declining

The new appointment system implemented to combat the monster queues of travelers looking for passports seems to be working, but some are still eager to get it in a timely manner.

“I’m leaving on Sunday. I do not know what to do. I was told: ‘Think about postponing your trip.’ But it will not be easy,” he said. Log Kenza Zaire.

Her family flew to Algeria to visit her relatives whom she had not seen for more than two years.

Ms. Zaire arrived to stand in the front row of the Guy-Favre Complex in Montreal on Friday morning. In depth New passport for his daughter.

Unlike the previous days, only a handful of prospective travelers arrived in the morning. More than 500 people had gathered there the day before.

“70% of these people have reached Guy-Favreau […] People on emergency visits, ”said Kareena Gould, Minister for Family, Children and Social Development.

Exceptionally, Passport Canada offices are open Saturday and Sunday for persons with an appointment.

New system

On Thursday, Service Canada agents began distributing coupons to people on the line offering appointments 24 hours before their departure date.

However, not many people have heard of this new system implemented by Ottawa.

“When we last checked in, they told us 24 hours before the flight. We counted and it was Friday. They just told us: “No, we delivered the coupons yesterday,” Ayachi Adouri reported.

Minutes later, he made an appointment on Saturday to pick up his son’s passport.

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Visit the family

“We have been waiting for three years [d’aller voir notre famille]. Getting a plane ticket now is not that easy. I bought them six months ago, ”said a man flying to Algeria.

Leo, who left for France on Friday afternoon, after waiting 30 hours for his appointment, came out of the complex smiling, showing his respectable passport.

“I’m happy,” exclaimed the man who had to spend the summer in Charentes.

– With QMI Agency

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