On March 7, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba held a meeting on the questions of issuing passports of the citizen of the Republic of Abkhazia and residence permits.
The Head of State instructed the Minister of Internal Affairs to present within a week and in the prescribed manner the suggestions to make changes to the legislation on citizenship that would aim to eliminate the existing legal gaps that create artificial problems to the citizens of the Republic of Abkhazia in the process of obtaining the general passports of a new sample.
The heads of passport offices of every district of the Republic reported to the Head of State on the number of issued and ready to be issued passports of a new sample, and on the documents that are in the processing stage, and also the same information on residence permits. In total, 52800 passports have been issued to date.
Raul Khadzhimba instructed those present at the meeting, in particular, the Minister of Internal Affairs, and the heads of district administrations to carry out information work in order to inform the population on the necessity of changing passports.
The participants of the meeting said that according to the Resolution “On making changes to the ‘Regulations on the passport of the citizen of the Republic of Abkhazia of the 2016 sample’”, all general civil passports of the old type are valid only until December 31, 2018.
The President also instructed the Passport Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs to speed up work on issuing residence permits.