Immigration Department ponders passport fees hike

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services has disclosed plans of hiking passport fee as well as travel documents following their proposal to government.

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Public Relations Officer Joseph Chawua said Treasury asks the department during preparations of  national budget to submit revised fees for the services they offer.

“We were asked to propose any revisions that will reflect the true cost of the services that we offer and passport was identified as one of the services to be revised.

“The last time that government revised passport fee was in 2009. At that time the production of passport was almost 100 dollars.

“Since materials used for production of passport are mostly imported, the likes of passport booklets and other passport consumables,” Chawuwa said.

He further said in the last revision, a dollar was around K480.00 and the passport fee was K48, 500.

“As of now the exchange rate has really gone up to around K800 to a dollar. Whenever there is change in the rate there is need for revision of prices.

“Looking at this, one would say that government is offering passports at subsided fee as the rest is being paid by the government,” Chawua said.

He therefore said the revision of the fee is up to government whether to take the proposed fee on board or to reduce it.

A concerned citizen, Thoko Subilo said hiking of the passport fee by the Department of Immigration will further strain Malawians.

“If the fee of the passport will go up, we will have nowhere to run to. As it is already, most people who acquire passports do so to search for employment outside the country or for trade,” Subilo said.

Another concerned citizen, Bruno Mlanje from Bangwe said it is very sad to hear such news looking at the way things are now.

“I did not plan to have a passport this month but the moment I heard about the plan to hike the fee I had to borrow money to secure one for myself.

“How about our friends who even failed to come when the price was k48, 500?  It means there is no hope that they will ever secure one.

“Lack of unemployment has made many to go and search for jobs in neighbouring countries. Now it will be a combination of lack of jobs at the same time lack of a travel document or passport,” Mlanje said.

With the rumour that the fee will be soon hiked, there are crowds outside immigrations offices submitting their applications hoping to get the passport before the revised fee.

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tuntufye
tuntufye
1 year ago

I wish fee hike translated into better service, but alas the people working there behave like they r doing u a favor. only Asians and other famous people get first class services

Albert Thindwa
Albert Thindwa
1 year ago

$100 fee for passport is not a big deal. Its the cost of the materials. Do you want government to go into a loss?

Innoxy Charles
Innoxy Charles
1 year ago
Reply to  Albert Thindwa

So the government will do well economically because of this hiking? to make Malawians suffer & you will be proud of this??.Kapena mukulankhula mbwerela zimenezi poti simumapita kunja??.Brainless cow!.

Mandado@147
1 year ago

1 immigration belt was pegged at 100K now passport 100K ONLY IN MALAWI LOL

Innoxy Charles
Innoxy Charles
1 year ago

WHAT NOW MALAWI!!????…THIS GOVERT REALLY WANT TO KILL MALAWIANS AND I BLAME THOSE WHO VOTED DPP IN AGAIN, WE ARE ALREADY DEAD BECAUSE WE CAN’T EVEN GO ABROAD FOR THE GREEN PASTURE.

Njolo mpilu
Njolo mpilu
1 year ago

Uladi mussa atha kukambika paseli iye ndi dhilu paja

Masauko
Masauko
1 year ago

Malawi government is so motivated to punish it’s people,,for nothing,idont understand,imean this is the same government that’s failing to give employment to it’s people,and when you try to go abroad and look for green pasture,they hike passport fee,what kind of fucked up government is this??

Joseph Lyton
1 year ago

It is only in our country that passport or traveling documents are such exorbitant and un-easily accessible to the citizens. Here in South Africa the password is not even R600 but look at our country Malawi aaaaaa things are becoming worse on each interval. Shame.

Kapado Chimulirenji
1 year ago

This is madness. Immigration is a Government institution funded by public tax and you want the same tax payers to cough more? This is theft. Make passports affordable to every Malawian citizens as long as they continue to pay tax.

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