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New Amendments to Passport Regulations Come into force as from 30 April 2013

Date: April 29, 2013
Domain:Judiciary; Law and Order
Persona: Citizen; Government
 

GIS- 29 April, 2013: With a view to alleviating the difficulties of Mauritian citizens applying for a Mauritian Passport, especially those who are abroad, amendments are being brought to Regulation 4 of the Passport Regulations 1969.
Hence, as from 30 April 2013, a person applying for a Republic of Mauritius Passport will no longer be required to secure two counter signees stating on the “Application for Mauritius Passport”, to the effect that they have known the applicant for at least two years. Moreover, counter signees will no longer have to certify the two photographs accompanying the application.
The Passports Regulations 1969 have been amended through the Passports (Amendment) Regulations 2013. The amendments have been published in the Government Gazette, Government Notice No. 84 of 2013. The regulations will come into operation on 30 April 2013.
This amendment is as a result of representations from Mauritian applicants especially those who are abroad to the effect that they face many difficulties to secure the two countersignatures on the Passport Application Form.
Presently, an applicant for a Mauritius Passport is required to secure the signatures of two persons who should state on the Passport Application Form that they have known the applicant for at least two years. The counter signees should be from professions prescribed in the Passport Regulations, namely Members of the National or Rodrigues Regional Assembly, medical practitioners, dental surgeons, pharmacists, veterinary surgeons, Ministers of religion, Barrister-at-law, notaries, bank managers, members of the academic staff of the University of Mauritius or the University of Technology, Mauritius, attorneys at law, Police officers not below the rank of Assistant Superintendent or Civil Servants not below the rank of Higher Executive Officer.  
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: infserv@intnet.mu Website:http://gis.gov.mu
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