The Mongolian National Registration and Statistics Office (MNRSO) began to issuing passports after three months of delay.
The MNRSO said that the number of passport issuance increased by 70,000 in the last two years. The office said that Finance Ministry didn’t provide funding to passport suppliers as the government did not have funding for printing additional passports.
Germany-based Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) prints Mongolia’s banknotes and passports.
The Intellectual Property of Mongolia and MNRSO reported that express orders for passports will be delivered in two days, while regular orders will take five to seven work days.
According to the MNRSO, 120,000 people apply for new passports per year an average. But in the first seven months of this year, 122,000 people ordered new passports.
The government finance for the issuance of new passports was reportedly not enough to meet demand. As a result, passports were not issued for three months, which resulted many public complaints, explained a spokesperson for the Intellectual Property of Mongolia and MNRSO.