Africa-Press – Zimbabwe. The Registrar General’s office has notified members of the public that passports applied for from 2019 to February 2020 are now ready for collection. In a statement, the RG’s office said:
The Registrar General would like to Advise the General Public that to those who applied their Passports for The Period 2019 to February 2020. All Your Passports are now Ready For Collection and Should be Collected at Regional Offices From Monday the 15th of March 2021.
Please Kindly Note that The Passport will be issued at No Extra Charge.
Regards Mr Joshua Taderera +263 242 702295 +263 242 792 751
Zimbabwe has had a passport backlog that dated back to 2018 with the RG’s office saying it had inadequate consumables needed for the printing of passports.
There used to be long queues at the passport office with some seekers of the traveling document sleeping in queues. Some officials were allegedly demanding huge kickbacks from passport seekers for their collection dates to be drawn closer.
The outbreak of the coronavirus gave the government some grace period to reduce the backlog since there were few applications during that period.