Travel docs to wipe out fraud

HARARE - In a bid to address the fraud of travel documents, the Registrar General's Office will from April 14 start issuing six-month multiple-entry Temporary Travel Documents (TTD) to replace the existing 21-day Emergency Travel Documents (ETD).

Speaking at a press conference in Harare this week, Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede said this would address the challenges of counterfeit travel papers. The new document will be machine readable, so it will be impossible to reproduce them. “The new document meets required international standards and will be valid for a period of six months. The issuance will take one day,” said Mudede.

He also urged ports of entry officials to accept the existing 21-day ETDs until they expired. The new TTD also has a security watermark, a lining at the margin of the document and the holders national identity number. “Having dealt with fraudsters who have been producing counterfeit documents, we have decided to tighten the security features with invisible marks which can only be detected by the machine at ports of entry, said Mudede. The new TTD will cost US$38.

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