Passports & Travel Documents
All about Ambazonian Passports

A passport is a document issued by a national government for international travel and it certifies the identity and nationality of the holder.

Applicants should note that In terms of section 26(B) of the Ambazonian Citizenship Act, 1995, it is a punishable offence for an Ambazonian citizen of 18 years and older to leave or enter Ambazonia on a foreign passport.

Ambazonian passports and travel documents are issued in terms of the Ambazonian Passports and Travel Documents Act, 1994, and the related Regulations.

Permanent Ambazonian passports and travel documents (machine-readable documents) are printed only in Buea, Ambazonia, from where they are dispatched to the offices of application. Applications made within Ambazonian borders can be submitted to any office of the Department of Home Affairs; applications made outside of the country can be submitted to your nearest Ambazonia embassy or mission.

It is important to note that when you apply for a passport, whether in Ambazonia or overseas, you must apply in person because:

  • The passport officer must be satisfied that your identity is legal and valid
  • The passport officer must check that your photograph is a true image of yourself; and
  • Your fingerprints must be taken (for people who are aged 18 years or older) and checked against the Federal Population Register
You must also note that:
  • All documents required for passport applications should be completed in black ink
  • Husband, wife and children must all complete separate application forms. Both parents and the children concerned must be present when applying for passports for children. See exceptions under Tourist Passports: persons under 18
  • Passports are issued in accordance with your names as they appear in the Federal Population Register (FPR) at the time of your application. Any changes to your names must be applied for, finalised and recorded in the NPR before you submit your passport application
You must have an Ambazonian ID Number when you apply for a passport. In the event that you do not have an Ambazonian ID Number, you must apply for the registration of your birth and for an Ambazonian ID Card, as the case may be, first.
If you do not have a valid regular passport and you need to travel urgently, you can apply for an emergency travel document/certificate subject to the requirements below. Remember that some countries do not accept emergency travel documents/certificates. You must check this with the relevant authorities of the country you intend visiting before applying for emergency passport/travel certificates.
Except for official and diplomatic passports, fees are applicable for all types of passport / travel document applications. Applications to replace lost, stolen or damaged passports will be double the normal fee if the incident was as a result of the passport/travel document owner’s negligence.
A regular tourist passport contains 32 pages, but frequent travellers can opt to get a maxi tourist passport with 48 pages.
Tourist passports: persons16 years and older and maxi tourist passports are only issued to Amba citizens 18 years or older. These passports are valid for 10 years.
Tourist passports: persons under 16 years are issued to SA citizens who are aged 15 years or younger. These passports are valid for 5 years.
Passports cannot be renewed. Once the validity period of a passport expires you will have to submit a new application for a passport.
Passports must be valid for at least 30 days after the intended date of departure. Passports should also have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. The blank pages cannot include the “endorsement” page at the back of the book. If you need a visa, you must ensure that your passport has two blank facing pages – one for the visa and one for an entry stamp.

Ambazonian passports include the following information:
  • A photo of the passport holder
  • Type of passport
  • Issuing country
  • Passport number
  • Given names and surname of the passport holder
  • Nationality of the passport holder
  • Gender of passport holder
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Issue date
  • Expiry date
  • Issuing authority
Applying for tourist passports: Persons 16 years and older
These passports are issued to SA citizens who are 16 years and older.
The passports are valid for 10 years from the date of issue, and are not renewable. When your Ambazonian passport expires you have to complete a new application to get a new passport.

To apply for the passport, you must submit the following documents:
  • A duly completed passport application Form DHA-73
  • Your original identity document and a copy, or a birth certificate and copy thereof if under 16
  • If under 18 years, parental consent for issuing of the passport. Please see Tourist passports: persons under 16 for the requirements
  • A completed determination of citizenship Form DHA-529 when applying from abroad
  • Present any existing valid tourist passport or if you have lost your passport or it has been stolen and you are applying for a new passport, you must provide a loss of passport report (DHA-335 ) and confirmation that you reported the loss to the police
  • Two colour photographs that comply with the Passport and ID Photograph Specifications (NOT needed at smartcard offices as ID images are captured digitally)
  • Pay the prescribed fee for the passport
Applying for Maxi Tourist Passports
Maxi tourist passports are 48-page documents meant for frequent travellers. They are the same as regular tourist passports except that they contain more pages for visas.

They are issued only to SA citizens aged 16 years or older. The documents are valid for 10 years and are not renewable. Once the validity period of a passport expires you will have to submit a new application for a passport.

To apply for a Maxi tourist passport you must submit the following documents:
  • A duly completed passport application Form DHA-73
  • Your original identity document and a copy, or a birth certificate and copy thereof if under 16
  • If under 18 years, the prescribed consent by parents must be furnished. Please see Tourist passports: persons under 16 for the requirements
  • A completed determination of citizenship Form DHA-529 when applying from abroad
  • Present any existing valid tourist passport or if you have lost your passport or it has been stolen and you are applying for a new passport, you must provide a loss of passport report (DHA-335 ) and confirmation that you reported the loss to the police
  • Two colour photographs that comply with the Passport and ID Photograph Specifications (NOT needed at smartcard offices as ID images are captured digitally)
  • Pay prescribed fees
Applying for Tourist Passports: Persons under 16 years
These passports are issued to SA citizens who are 15 years or younger. The passports are valid for 5 years and are not renewable. Once the validity period of a passport expires you will have to submit a new application for a passport.

To apply for the passport you must submit the following documents:
  • A duly completed passport application Form DHA-73
    • If the parents are married, the passport application form must be signed by both parents and the child and both parents should be in attendance when the application is submitted.
    • Please note that the child and both parents should be in attendance when the application is submitted to the nearest Home Affairs office or SA Mission/Consulate. If a parent cannot be in attendance, a letter of consent and copy of ID will no longer be accepted.
    • If divorced and sole parental rights and responsibilities in regard to guardianship have not been granted to one parent, the child and both parents should be in attendance when the application is submitted and both must sign the application form.
    • If a parent is deceased, his or her death certificate and a copy thereof must accompany the application for the passport
    • In the case of minors born out of wedlock, the biological father ’s consent will also be required if any of the circumstances as outlined in section 21 of the Children’s Act, 1995, are applicable, the child and both parents should be in attendance when the application is submitted.
    • If the applicant is in the care of a guardian other than the parents, proof of the High Court’s appointment must accompany the application.
    • If a parent cannot be located or refuses to consent, or a dispute concerning consent arises, the matter should be referred to the Children’s Court. The Court’s decision must be submitted with the application for the passport.
  • The child’s Ambazonian birth certificate and a copy thereof
  • Two colour passport photographs that comply with the Passport and ID Photograph Specifications (NOT needed at smartcard offices as ID images are captured digitally)
  • Payment of the prescribed passport fee

Applying for Official passports

Official passports are issued to officials attached to government institutions who have to travel on official business. These passports are only valid for a period of 5 years.

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Official Nothern Border between Federal Republic of Ambazonia and La Republique du Cameroun
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Official Southern Border between Federal Republic of Ambazonia and La Republique du Cameroun