Africa: Nigeria Immigration Service commence Issuance of New International Passport April 29

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The Nigeria Immigration Service will commence the issuance of the much awaited New International Passport on the 29th April, 2019. With the new passport, you can get up to 10 years validity as against the outgoing one that has a maximum validity of 5 years. The new passport which will now be applied for and paid for online, has also […]

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Africa: Why Immigration Extended Passport Validity to 10 Years

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The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has introduced new passport with 10 years validity to replace the existing passports which lasts for five years. Official statement from Immigration said there are additional security features to make it more reliable and in tandem with the latest technology in passport issuance and security. Some of these features include the self-tracking of application, weather […]

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Africa: Uganda’s digital passport set for January 2019 launch, to cost $67

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Uganda’s digital passport, which will be launched in January 2019, will cost Ush250,000 ($67), a 67 per cent increase from the current cost of Ush150,000 ($40), making the document one of the most expensive in the region. East African Community member states are moving from machine-readable passports to digital versions in compliance with international standards. Kenya is charging Ksh4,550 ($45.5) […]

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Tourism: AfDB Wants Common Passport, Visa Openness in Africa

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) group has called for a common passport and visa openness to spur intra – Africa trade and tourism, a new report – recently released by the bank states. The Africa Tourism Monitor 2016 report says the creation of an African passport and an end to visa requirements for all African citizens, specifically visa openness will […]

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Africa: Immigration boss orders delivery of passport within 72 hours

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The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr. Muhammad Babandede, has directed Passport officers to issue International Passports to applicants within 72 hours. The CGI also has directed for the re-configuration of the NIS Passport platform to enable passport applicants on change of name and loss of document obtain the passports at any passport office. The CGI, in a […]

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Rwanda To Hold 26th WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM FOR AFRICA

By Friday Nwosu Rwanda is set to hold the 26th World Economic Forum for Africa, to further integrate the African continent through digital integration. The forum which is expected to hold from the 11th-13 May 2016, with the theme: “Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation”, will bring together regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society in Africa […]

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African States Consider Common Passport by 2018

By Theresia Tjihenuna NAMIBIA and other African states are considering the possibility of a common passport for the continent by 2018. This is one of the decisions deliberated by senior officials at the recently-ended four-day Ministerial Conference on Aviation Security and Facilitation held in Windhoek last week. The permanent secretary in the ministry of works and transport Willem Goeieman said […]

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Africa, where even Dangote needs a Visa to visit

Americans and the west find it much easier to travel around the continent; not so if you are an African. ALIKO DANGOTE could be forgiven for hoping that his status as one of the continent’s more recognisable faces could buy him some extra minutes to locate a missing passport, but an anecdote he narrated recently in Ivory Coast suggests that […]

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EAC launches New Intl. E-passport, Vision 2050

To further integrate the region and foster even development among member states, Heads of States of the East African Community (EAC) have agreed to launch a new internal e-passport for the region. East African will begin using new EAC electronic passports from January next year, after Heads of State from the member countries launched the international travel document at the […]

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American Rap artist Mos Def arrested in South Africa for travelling with World Passport

Actor and rapper Mos Def will stand trial in March over what South African officials describe as a fraudulent passport. Mos Def, who now goes by Yasiin Bey, was arrested while trying to fly from Cape Town to Ethiopia last week with a “world passport”.  Officials in South Africa contend that there is no such classification. Mos Def, whose real […]

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