In a notice received from the Department of Home Affairs, the Deputy Director-General: Immigration Services has informed Barsa that some states extend the validity of their Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRTD) by pasting a machine readable extension into passport pages, other than the bio data page. Such extensions will no longer be accepted.

In light of this, airlines that transport holders of such passports to a Port of Entry will be subject to an administrative fine of R15 000 in terms of section 50(3) of the Immigration Act, 2002.