The first phase of the territory’s modern Border Management System is expected to be installed in the coming weeks, Immigration Minister Vincent Wheatley has said.
Wheatley, who was delivering remarks during a February 25 sitting of the House of Assembly said the Border Management System will be installed in three phases.
“It is hoped that the first phase will be rolled out by the end of April at all the seaports,” Wheatley stated.
The Minister further said details on phases two and three “will be forthcoming as soon as they are in progress”.
More about the new system
Wheatley informed the House that the new system aims to ensure efficiency for travellers while simultaneously maintaining a high level of security for the British Virgin Islands.
He said Canadian Bank Note — the team who will be developing the system — has since met with various local stakeholders who will utilize the system.
Some of the stakeholders include Her Majesty’s Customs, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, the Civil Registry & Passport Office and the Department of Information Technology.
Back in June last year, Minister Wheatley had told the House of Assembly that his Government would be spending some $6.4 million to purchase a new state-of-the-art Immigration border management system to improve border security in the territory.
And in a subsequent statement around the same time, Wheatley said: “Though we are unable to give full details to the public, for obvious security reasons, we can see the introduction and reintroduction, in some cases, of passport scanning upon entry at all ports, e-visas, and proper people tracking.”
Wheatley had also stated that the new system was expected to be fully functional by June this year.
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