Passports renewed by hand will no longer be valid. (The Daily Star/Grace Kassab)
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General Security Thursday issued a press release stating that it had given citizens notice a month ago regrading the imminent changes in regulations for passports renewed by hand, although no deadline was specified at the time.As the news broke, citizens flocked to General Security offices to get new passports, leading to increasing panic as confused people received contradictory answers from officials. General Security, which is responsible for issuing travel documents, announced the change to passport rules on Christmas Eve, while many were on holiday. Those in breach of the new ruling and who wish to travel are required to pay for a new passport.A passport valid for one year costs $40, while a five-year travel document costs $200 . Many are wary about applying for five-year passports as General Security is expected to issue updated passports with biometric identification in the near future.General Security has apparently promised that she should have her passport back by Monday afternoon, shortly before her flight out of the country booked for Monday evening.According to the General Security, visas that citizens have on their invalid passports will not be lost.
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