Namibian passports' validity period to be increased to 10 years

Namibian passports' validity period to be increased to 10 years

Cabinet has authorised the Ministry of Home Affairs to increase the validity period of the three categories of Namibian passports, from the current five years to 10 years.
Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa at a media briefing on Cabinet resolutions on Thursday, said the extensions affect national, diplomatic and official passports.
Simataa said passports are costly to acquire and people who do not regularly travel will now have more time to make use of their passports.
Asked about the revenues generated by the ministry through issuing passports, he said citizens pay much less than the actual price of acquiring one.
Simataa added that the validity period extension, to 10 years works out to be more cost-effective in the long run.
The extended validity period will come into effect in January 2020, according to the ministry's Public Relations Officer, Salome Kambala.