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Rise in costs of national IDs and passports spark public outcry

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March 22, 2017 (BOR) -The sudden increase in the fees related to visas, national identification cards, passports and work permits have attracted outcry from both foreigners and nationals in South Sudan’s Jonglei state.

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A South Sudanese passport (VOA/Karim Zeitvogel)

The criticism followed announcements by the passport, nationality and immigration office in Jonglei that these costs had increased by over 50%

Gai Ajok, the state director in the office of passport, nationality and immigration saidl ID has increased from SSP 45 to 630 and a regular passport from SSP315 to 4,410.

Other documents including business passport went up to SSP7,000, minor passport is now at SSP3,010, diplomatic password is at SSP7,000, Official Passport is at SSP14,000. Traveling document is SSP350 and a special passport now at SSP4,000.

He explained the increase was caused by the economic crisis in the country.

“Because of the economic crisis, the fuel prices had increased and we cannot stop issuing national IDs to our citizens, so we had to increase the fees so that we buy diesel or fuel to run our generators so that work will not stop”, Ajak said.

However, for foreigners living in South Sudan, this will be a big blow as they will not afford to pay $50 fees needed to keep their visa active each month as a requirement.

Arthur Njenga, a foreigner living and working in the state capital, Bor as a trader said most of the foreigners who are running businesses in the country will be forced to leave the country because of this, saying the government had taken a wrong decision as a means of increase revenue, which he says would not work.

“Kenyan and Ugandans can pay $50 as visa fees every month, but for Sudanese and other foreign nationals, they will be paying $100 every month. For the foreigners who are here, raising fifty dollars every month is not going to be easy and the economy is affecting both the locals and the foreigners, so we are suffering together. So, what might happen is that some foreigners may decide to pack and go”, said Njenga.

He said new fees structures shocked many of them when it was officially announced.

“That news got me as a surprise last week, I understand cause of government, trying to rise the revenue, but to some extent, it is going to affect the economy”, he said.

“My view is, economy can be improved through other means, not by increasing the visa fees for the foreigners”, added the trader.

Visas, alien registration, work and residential permits are some of the documents required from foreign nationals.

Kuol Buol, a Jonglei state resident, said most of the income earners will not afford the specified fees claimed by the government.

Kuol says the amount indicated will greatly affect the common citizens.

South Sudan government are due to review fees it had earlier proposed.

(ST)

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  • 24 March 06:34, by village leader

    Even though you keep raising money day and night there is nothing that can solve economic crisis unless you come up with better decisions. Last year 100$ was 7000pound. This yr it is 14000pounds and it will be 28000pounds next year.

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    • 24 March 09:46, by Kuch

      Mr. Villager, the government of South Sudan is doing the right thing. We want to wipe out the evil English people, corporate America, their evil juus and their sleazy NGOs out of our country. No one is going to be using the *US DOLLARS* fellows. Fellows we are going settle our scores with our enemies. Game is is over fellows.

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  • 25 March 09:44, by bol santino bol kuot

    i feared of remote pple of S.Sudan when looking into the increment of National IDs fees, if some of them fail to get National IDs at price of 45 ssp only. what will happen to when getting National IDs at the rate of 630 ssp ? foreigners traders traffic expenses + visa fees + market selling prices= huge sum of money which current citizens can not afford. govt alive & citizens die of hunger.

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