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Passports in stock

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Monday, March 24, 2014

THE Immigration Department says it has enough passports to cater for Fijians throughout the year.

Immigration director Major Nemani Vuniwaqa said while they did not have the stocks right now, they had ordered more passports from a new French company.

"The deal with the new company is that we will be getting 30,000 to 35,000 new books for the next five years," Major Vuniwaqa said.

"Yes, we have enough passports to last the whole year, it's not that we have got the stocks right now, we have ordered some more — it's a matter of exhausting all these books.

"The total issued last year was slightly more than 35,000 books and while we have the stock in place right now, we have come to little below 29,000."

Major Vuniwaqa said it was important for everyone to acquire a passport because it was an important document.

"We just want to encourage the public to come over and get a book, it's not only for travellers but it's another form of identity.

"This is an important document people can take to the bank and other places.

"It has additional security features, more than 20 security features, more than what we had in previous passports.

"I encourage the public to take ownership of it and be a proud holder of a Fijian passport."

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