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Namibia’s home affairs ministry Tuesday announced that it has received new passport stock following months of critical shortages.

Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Maureen Hinda-Mbuende said at a media briefing that the initial batch of ordinary passport books was received on Monday.

Business24

“The validity of the new passports will be for a 10-year period. This will lessen the demands for new passports. However, the validity of passports for applicants under 21 will remain five years because of changes in facial features at that age,” she said.

According to her, the ministry has put measures in place to ensure that running out of passports will be something of the past.

“During the last few months, we had to resort to contingency plans to keep emergency stocks. A total of 6,065 were printed, of which 2,064 ordinary passports and 4,001 brown passports,” she added.

According to her, Namibia intends to clear the pending applications within four to six weeks as additional resources have been deployed.

“The system that we have put in place will ensure that the people who need passports to travel will get them on time. We envisage reverting to the initial turnaround time of three to 10 working days by mid-December,” she said. Enditem

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