Effective tomorrow, Tuesday 24th November, all citizens who have not been issued a Machine Readable Passport (MRP), will not be allowed to travel abroad.
A news release from the Immigration Division of the Ministry of National Security advised that all citizens must be in possession of a MRP when travelling to a foreign country. It stated that this was in keeping with the timeline and standard set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), for international travel.
“Citizens who are desirous of travelling abroad and have not yet applied for a Machine Readable Passport are strongly advised to do so, given that the old format passport will not be accepted for travel from November 24, 2015”.
For those that have to travel abroad for emergencies, emergency documents will be expedited.