Criteria for the issuance of Diplomatic Passports and the validity period of these passports, with reference to the reply to Question 1308 on 19 June 2013

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QUESTION NO: 1677 (NW2024E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 23-2013 OF 26 JULY 2013

MR M S F DE FREITAS (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:

With reference to the reply to question 1308 on 19 June 2013

(a) what criteria are used for issuing diplomatic passports; and

(b) for how long are diplomatic passports valid?

REPLY:

(a) Diplomatic passports are issued according to the South African Diplomatic Passport Policy. A diplomatic passport is issued to specified categories of public office bearers and Government officials to proceed abroad on Government service.  The categories include specific positions in the Presidency, the national legislative and executive political office bearers, members of the judiciary and divisions as well as of the specialist courts, provincial and local government representatives, South African diplomatic personnel, public service officials on official duty abroad and eminent persons. 

(b) Diplomatic passports are issued with a validity period of five years. 

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