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Discontinuation of Temporary Passports

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Kindly be reminded that the Department of Home Affairs stopped issuing Temporary Passports from 01 September 2014. This was due to South African citizens travelling abroad being refused entry into a number of countries when travelling on Temporary Passports. This then resulted in accusations and claims against the DHA in cases where citizens were refused entry into a particular country despite the Department having issued the Temporary Passport.

 

A Temporary Passport was initially issued as an interim travel document due to longer turn-around times taken to issue a permanent 10 years tourist passport. South Africans are once again urged to submit new passport applications at LOSA 12 months prior to expiration date of the current passports.  Finally, Temporary Passports have been abused for corruption purposes and this threat persisted, which put South Africa at risk of its travel documents being unreliable and not trustworthy. Elimination of Temporary Passports was also to remove this risk.

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