7 Feb 2019

Fiji running out of passports

9:56 am on 7 February 2019

A passport shortage in Fiji is preventing the Immigration Department from issuing the travel document.

But the department's director, Nemani Vuniwaqa, has assured Fiji travellers they will not be affected.

Fiji Passport

Fiji Passport Photo: Fiji Department of Immigration

Mr Vuniwaqa said passports due to expire would be revalidated.

He said the department also planned to start issuing e-passports and that discussions were being held with the suppliers in Europe.

"Passport numbers are depleting.

"With effect from today, all passport applications will be scrutinised whereby for those requesting renewals - if we see that the condition of the passport is still in a good condition - visa pages still available - these individuals or these applicants will go through the endorsement of the same passports for another 10 years."

Passport extensions, at a cost of $US26, can be processed the same day, Mr Vuniwaqa said.

The department would continue to accept passport applications, he said.