Order on diplomatic passports

An order has been issued, signed by the Prime Minister of the Government, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, limiting the use of official diplomatic passports up to the time when activities involved with the appointments come to an end. The entire contents are published below.

Order of 17th July, urging the possessors of official service and special service diplomatic passports to return them once their leave their appointments.

The granting of official service and special service diplomatic passports must be in accordance with the provisions of Decree number 55/2001, of 28th July, limiting their issue to those who carry out functions which duly justify their issue, and the validity and right to the identifying document is valid while the possessor remains in the service, active category, or at the end of a mission which has justified its issue and possession.

It is considered that these passports are issued in order to better carry out official activities, and to facilitate the carrying out of State activities abroad. However, it has emerged that some figures and officials, after leaving their appointments, continue to have this document and also continue to use it for their journeys and activities, with even their use by members of their respective families.

With a view to article 8 and subsequent articles of the cited presidential decree and the proposal by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, through writ 5,203 of 29th July 2017, this Presidency of the Government hereby states:

Article 1: through this order all possessors of official service and special service diplomatic passports are urged that once the function for which they were granted comes to an end, they are returned to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, together with those of family members, respectively, and/or they abstain from using them in their subsequent activities and journeys.

Article 2: the Ministry for National Security is mandated to instruct border services to strictly observe and apply this order, and remove all passports that are being used outside the indicated context.

Article 3: the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation will issue passports of their nature in accordance with the provisions of the previously cited decree number 55/2001, of 28th July, and the concordant provisions of this order.

This order comes into effect from 17th July 2017.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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