The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) has announced their plans to introduce a new regional law which would see all member countries holding a common passport.
Malawi will soon share passport with 14 countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).This might be the time for many Malawians to keep it simple (and much much cheaper) and stick to the Malawian passport.
New plans are being put in place that could soon see a Malawian passport allow you to go back and forth, with hassle free.
According to reports this would not only allow for easy travel between borders, but also allow for a single travel document for international travel.
At the AU conference last year we saw the introduction of an AU passport for dignitaries and officials. The ultimate goals was to extend the travel document to all Africans.
According to Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East Africa Cooperation, Ambassador Ramadhani Mwinyi, the department is working to ensure that an individual only uses one passport as an international travel document across the globe.
“The current work between member states was to integrate systems to ensure an East African national who is also a member of SADC carries only one travel document,” says Mwinyi.
These countries currently make up the SADC:
Democratic Republic of Congo