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Immigration suspends passport application

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The Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services has suspended receiving passport application forms from today to Tuesday next week.

A statement signed by the department’s spokesperson, Joseph Chauwa, says the move is aimed at enabling the department to migrate from the machine readable passport issuance system to the incoming electronic passports.

“The department is, therefore, advising the general public that the acceptance of the passport application forms will resume on Tuesday January 14th,” the statement reads.

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The department earlier said that it would migrate from the current passports to the e-passport by December 30 2019, but the move has delayed.

There have been reports on social media that Parliamentary Committee on Transport had stopped the introduction of the passports until Parliament’s approval.

Chauwa, however, said the department has not received any communication on the same, saying preparations for the electronic passports were on course.

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Some stakeholders have questioned the move saying it was one way of the government’s fundraising moves, but Chauwa maintains that they are simply complying with the recommendations of International Civil Aviation Organisation.

There are strong indications that with the coming of the electronic passports, prices of the document will rise.

Chauwa confirmed that the prices will likely go up, saying production of a passport costs the government $100 (over K70,000) but the actual prices will be determined by the government.

Currently, Malawians pay K48,500 for a normal passport, K68,500 (an express passport) and K58, 500 (urgent passport).

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