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Foreigners Get Ready, Checkout What Motsoaledi Said About Newly Issued Passports

Passports issued by South Africa will soon be undergoing significant changes. What you can count on is...

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced major revisions to passports and visas.

South Africa's Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, has recently announced significant reforms to the passport application and collection processes.

Motsoaledi claims that the "flexibility" of these systems will be eliminated. Taking these measures will prevent the passport from becoming muddled.

Passport fraud and bribes have recently come to light, prompting this report. The widespread media coverage of these cases has damaged South Africa's image and caused some to question the validity of a passport from that country.

[email protected] discussed incidents involving department workers and illegal immigrants. He also discussed the current situation at RyanAir in the United Kingdom.

There have been numerous negative reports in the media about the South African passport.

Therefore, the Department of Home Affairs must take action. Motsoaledi emphasized that the current scenario must change.

There will be a change in the transit visa requirements for some countries.

Bangladeshis and Pakistanis transiting via South Africa will now require visas.

To ensure the security of South Africa's passport, the Department is taking three major measures. First, Motsoaledi has declared the termination of third-party and transferable collections and the introduction of an application-only activation process.

Passport applicants can currently request a transfer to any office in SA to pick up their documents. Currently, it allows for third-party collection as well.

It is no longer acceptable to behave in this manner. The following, according to business IT experts:

Your passport will only be released to you at the agency where you first applied. You'll need to return to that department again to obtain it. The passport is only issued to the individual who first applied for it.

Passports will be unlocked via fingerprint scans and photo comparisons.

Minors can only have their documents applied for and picked up by their parents or legal guardians, and all information must match what is in the national identity database.

Motsoaledi stated that the other two alterations would be discussed at an appropriate time. He mentioned a "internal process" that wouldn't be discussed in order to prevent scammers from taking advantage of it.

We recognize the inconvenience this may cause for certain regular passengers and those with limited time, but we must all make these concessions for the sake of passport security.

There is no "emergency passport" in South Africa, according to the minister. South Africans stranded abroad can use documents commonly referred to as "emergency passports," which are created by hand.

According to Motsoaledi, expedited passport service is extremely costly and is only used in exceptional circumstances.

It takes between five and thirteen days to receive a passport in South Africa. Locals were also encouraged by Minister Motsoaledi to take use of the online booking platforms and the banking connections that his department maintains.

SOURCE:

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/huge-changes-for-passports-in-sa-here-s-what-to-expect

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