Zimbabweans With ‘Free Funds’ Can Now Apply For Emergency Passports In Foreign Currency

The government has given Zimbabweans with “free funds” the green light to apply for emergency passports using foreign currency.

The government has gazetted Statutory Instrument 61 of 2020 to give legal effect to the new measures.

Statutory Instrument 61 of 2020.

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Exchange Control (Exclusive Use of Zimbabwe Dollar for Domestic Transactions) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 (No. 1)

IT is hereby notified that His Excellency the President, in terms of section 2 of the Exchange Control Act (Chapter 22:05), has made the following regulations:

1. These regulations may be cited as the Exchange Control (Exclusive Use of Zimbabwe Dollar for Domestic Transactions) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 (No. 1).

2. The Exchange Control (Exclusive Use of Zimbabwe Dollar for Domestic Transactions) Regulations, 2019, published in Statutory Instrument 212 of 2019, is amended in section 4 (“Transactions excluded from the scope of domestic transactions”) by the insertion of the following paragraph after paragraph (f) —

(g) payment for emergency passports, that is the payment out of free funds (as defined in section 2 of the Exchange Control Regulations, 1996) of any fee for the issuance of a passport within twenty-four hours of the fulfilment of the requirements for such issuance by the person in whose name the passport is to be issued.”

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