Home Affairs discontinues temporary passports

The department says its turnaround time in producing a permanent passport has drastically improved.

The Department of Home Affairs has decided to stop issuing temporary passports from 1 September. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Home Affairs has decided to stop issuing temporary passports.

The department says its turnaround time in producing a permanent passport has drastically improved and temporary documents are no longer required.

This will take effect from 1 September.

The department's Mayihlome Tshwete said, "The department is making great improvements and using a lot of technology and as a result, our systems are faster than they were."