Passport Swipe System Being Finalised for Montserrat Ferry Terminals
Travelers to and from Montserrat will soon benefit from a passport swipe system being finalised by the Access Division.
The passport swipe system is designed to speed up the processing time at the Ferry Terminals in Antigua and in Montserrat. The system is currently being tested before its full activation later this month.
Access Coordinator, Ashley Lindsey said the new system is one of the changes being implemented this year to allow for better traffic flow through the terminals. He said, â€œIn the past, we had a lot of people who did not book online which means they had to be manually checked in by our Agents. What will happen now, is whether you have booked online or not, the system will speed up the check-in process.â€
In addition to the faster check-in times anticipated with the new system, Mr. Lindsey indicated that electronic payments will also be allowed. â€œWe can also process passports along with credit and debit cards,â€ stated the Access Coordinator.
Mr. Lindsey made the announcement during an interview with the Government Information Unit (GIU) which was aimed at obtaining information on the access arrangements being put in place to accommodate the increased visitor arrivals during the Christmas and festival period. Customarily, the December period is considered one of the islands peak times for increased travel to and from Montserrat.
The full interview on access arrangements can be heard on Radio Montserrat at 6:40PM on Monday, December 4, 2017. The video version of the interview will also be made available online on the GIUâ€™s Facebook page â€˜Government Information Unit Montserratâ€™.
For additional details on access into Montserrat, individuals can also visit www.ferry.ms or call the Access
Division on 491-4700.