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Lilongwe Immigration Office resumes passport printing

The Lilongwe Immigration Office has resumed printing of passports. A visit to the offices by MBC Online found multitudes of people waiting to start processing their documents and others collecting their passports.

MBC can also confirm that people are now paying the new passport production fee of K50,000.

Chief Passports Officer, Tamanya Nanseta, said production started smoothly and that they are currently assisting new and old passport applicants.

Nanseta added that the department has beefed up security for the system and is training personnel to avoid the recurrence of the system hack.

People queuing up to get their passports.

One of the people we found at the offices waiting to collect his passport, Andrew Banda, expressed joy, saying all his plans were on hold because of the temporal suspension. He said now the future is clear and applauded the Immigration Department for addressing the challenge quickly.

Mayeso Lefala from Zomba, who was also at the office to start processing his passport said, “This is the change that people have been waiting for. There is hope now for many youths who are eager to be part of Israel’s labour-export arrangement.”

The video below shows the current situation at the Immigration offices in Lilongwe


The Lilongwe Immigration Office prints 100 copies of passports daily. The Immigration Department stopped issuing passports about three months ago after suspected hackers disturbed the system and we’re demanding a ransom.

Reported by Beatrice Mwape.

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