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Non-machine readable passports no longer valid

Non-machine readable passports no longer valid

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May 31, 2015 - 17:55

Non-machine readable passports no longer valid

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Security officials in eastern Herat province have said that hand-written passports would be no longer valid after November 2015 based on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Provincial police spokesman Abdul Rauf Ahmadi told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has informed all security organs that non-electronic passports would be invalid for international trips from November 24, 2015.

Only patients with emergency situation can use the passports for a short period of time, he said.

Ahmadi added provincial passport department issues around 200 electronic passports to applicants daily. The number of passport issuance would increase to 400 daily after a branch of the electronic passport was activated in Herat City in the near future, he said.

Herat passport director Abdul Jalil Farahi confirmed the issuance of electronic passports has accelerated in the province.

He did not give details about the exact number of people issuing with passports daily but said that hundreds of passports were issued daily.

Provincial foreign relations officials said that foreign consulates reacted over non-electronic passports.

The foreign relations director Mohammad Yaser Sadiq said only Iran and Pakistaninfo-icon issue visa to non-machine readable passports but India reject the passports.

The number of electronic passport applicants has increased as the government announced expiration of non-electronic passports. A resident of Herat city Jalil Ahmad Rezayee said: “It is the third day I am waiting in front of the passport department for getting my electronic passport, but I didn’t get it yet.”

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