Al Shamsi said increased awareness about the need to have at least six months' passport
validity before travelling abroad have been encouraging Emiratis to renew the passports
Earlier, a probe jointly carried out by Passport
Office and the Federal Investigation Agency had revealed that around 84,000 government officials and senior bureaucrats had obtained passports
in private capacity apparently to void getting mandatory No Objection Certificates (NOCs) from their departments before flying abroad.
He said passports
are costly to acquire and many people do not regularly travel and use their passports
in the current five years validity period.
The repercussion is that many Ghanaians who are in need of a passport
for various reasons will have to wait for this challenge to be corrected.
The Department of Foreign Affairs earlier announced that it wouldbe issuing an order canceling all courtesy diplomatic passports
after Del Rosario was denied entry to Hong Kong, a semiautonomous part of China.
It is not "unlawful"; it is a courtesy to those who have ceased doing the job requiring blue passports
. We don't want to have them out there dishonored by foreign immigration by rejection.
Some 900,000 people have been issued with the new generation passports
. Applications by 1.5 million others are pending.
Official sources told reporter here on Wednesday, an NOC and a recommendation of the respective department was needed for government officers/officials to renew their passports
On expiry of the three-month deadline, the passports
of defaulting officials may be blocked and their cases referred to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to initiate legal action, a senior government official told The Express Tribune.
24 -- Indians will soon be getting e-passports which will store their personal information as well as details of 30 international travels on a chip embedded within the passport
The Henley Passport
Index ranks Taiwan's passport
as the 29th strongest in the world, a ranking shared by Costa Rica.
ranked 68th in "The Passport
Index 2018", from the Global Passport
PowerRank, which compares the passports
of different countries according to the principle of access of their citizens to other countries.
The Malaysian international passport
with high security features is placed under rank 5 among the most powerful passports
in the world which proved global recognition for Malaysia.
Islamabad -- The Director General Passport
and Immigration Ishrat Ali has said that there is no crises in making of passports
as some 160,000 passports
are under process of preparations and only 25000 would be left by coming Monday.