Registrar-general Clemence Masango told the Parliament on Monday that his department was scaling down the issuance of emergency passports because passport paper would soon run out.
Masango said this on Monday while appearing before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence and Home Affairs. Said Masango:
We have two types of urgent passports — one which can be availed within 24 hours and costs $318, and another, which can be issued within three working days and costs $250, and then a category which can be availed within four weeks ($53), but is affected because currently we are unable to avail them within four weeks due to lack of consumables like ink, passport paper and others, which need foreign currency to be imported.
For the $53 non-urgent passports we have just finished printing the July 2018 applications, but we are able to deliver the three-day passport and the 24-hour one.
For the urgent passports, the clients are able to pay, but the resources are very limited and if we continue to produce them at the rate at which we are doing, then within two months we will run out of paper and so we have to scale down.