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Govt scraps CBZ US$20 e-passport application fee

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It looks like the government has come to its senses and scrapped the US$20 application fee for e-passports according to Statutory Instrument No. 3 of 2022.

The SI reads as follows:

Statutory Instrument 3 of 2022.

[CAP. 4:01 Citizenship (Passport Fees) Regulations. 2022

IT is hereby notified that the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage has, in terms of section 22 of the Citizenship of Zimbabwe Act [Chapter 4:01]. made the following regulations:—

1. These regulations may be cited as the Citizenship (Passport Fees) Regulations, 2022.

2. For the purposes of these regulations—”passport” means a machine-readable passport or an electronically-readable passport.

3. The Minister has fixed passport fees as specified in the Schedule.

SCHEDULE

FEES

The fees payable for obtaining one’s passport shall be—

(a) passport issued on non-emergency basis……………………USD$100,00

(b) emergency passport ……………………………………………………….USDS200.00.

4. The Citizenship (Passport Fees) Regulations, 2021, published in Statutory Instrument 273 of 2021, are repealed.

Via Pindula News

The nominal fee of US$20 has been removed from what we saw in SI 273 of 2021

So, if you were for some reason unaware, there was a US$20 application fee for the new e-passports that had to be paid to CBZ Bank. This fee was shrouded in mystery because no one understood why we had to make the e-passport application process even more cumbersome by adding an unnecessary step.

Furthermore, CBZ Bank’s commission for handling the transaction was not disclosed. This was worrying because there are millions of Zimbabweans who are flocking to get passports meaning that CBZ Bank was going to make some serious money off the application fee commissions.

No prizes for guessing that 2022 would kick off with 2020 and 2021 walk backs on policies that should have been put to the public before passing them…

Update 10/01/2022: A previous version of this article read that First Capital was also an e-passport application receiving bank. This was incorrect you can click the link *here* for more

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12 thoughts on “Govt scraps CBZ US$20 e-passport application fee

  1. Passport office guys don’t even know anything about the new e passport. They also heard about it on the news but their offices are still processing the old passport.

    1. True l contacted their office in Lupane and they said they don’t know. Apa if you go pa website yacho you can’t even apply inoti error

    2. Hence, “machine-readable passport or an electronically-readable passport”, the previous ones are just machine readable.

      It seems they were just trying to add another milestone achievement, without full implementation on the ground.

  2. They must be clear kwete kungoita Vega vanofanira kudzidzisa vanu about the passport not just to tell people kuti online chiyiyi vonyarara

  3. Already we have 3 statutory Instruments (SI) for 2022 in 7 days of the year.
    Tichanzwa nawo , just like last year. I wonder if these laws convert to production economically..

    1. Unfortunately, whilst we are focusing on the $20 passport fee or mobile phone fee, some other SI and clauses are being slipped under the door. They will usually rear their ugly heads later in the year.

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