Gov’t extends validity of passports to 10 years

passport booklet
Passport booklet

The government has extended the validity of passport booklets from five years to ten years, a fax message to the country’s mission said.

According to the message, this is to take effect from March 31, 2019.

“The processing fees remain the same until further notice,” it added.

Passport 10 years

The Foreign Affairs committee of Parliament in 2017 made the suggestion to the Director of Passports Alexander Ntrakwa, when he appeared before them.

Ranking Member of the Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa told Joy News the five year expiry period for Ghana’s passports is too short a time, especially given the challenges that applicants go through before getting a new passport or to renew an old one.

The news of the extension has elated many Ghanaians, some of whom took to social media to laud the government for taking the initiative.

credit: myjoyonline.com

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