Chakwera cuts Passport cost by 55 percent

By Kondanani Chilimunthaka

President Lazarus Chakwera has reduced the e-Passport Fee by 55 percent with immediate effect for local Malawians, as the printing of the travel documents resumes after some months of its suspension following the system hacking by unknown ill-intentioned individuals.

The communication dated 12th March 2024 released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services, signed by the Director General, Brigadier General Kalumo (rtd) states that Malawians will now be required to pay only K50,000 for an ordinary passport from K90,000 that was being paid previously on the passport of the same category.

“Government has reduced the e-Passport Fee by 55% for local Malawians from K90,000 to K50,000 for ordinary passports with waiting processing time of 10 days when the system is fully calibrated and optimally” Reads the Press Release in part.

Meanwhile, the printing of the passports will start this week in Lilongwe before rolling it out in the other regions.

The Department has since thanked all Malawians for being petience during the time the system was being fixed.

The resumption has beaten the three-weeks ultimatum that President Lazarus Chakwera ordered the Immigration Department to have its system fixed for Malawians to have resumed accessing their travel documents.