The office of the Department of Civil Status which also houses the Passport counter service temporarily based at the building close to the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) headquarters in Port Vila will be closed today and on Monday, June 19.

The office has been issuing a notice to the public advising every one of the closure.

The Acting Registrar General, Ettienne Ravo, says the closure will allow staff to move office back to its original building behind the Ministry of Internal Affairs at Independence Park.

“We will resume normal business on Tuesday morning, June 20,” Mr. Ravo added.

He apologized on behalf of the department for any inconvenience this closure of office may cause the public.

Both the civil registration and passport counters serve upward to between 100 and 200 clients everyday.

Over the last two months they moved, renovation and expansion work on the old building went on and Acting Registrar Ravo said finishing touches to the work will continue as the civil registration work and passport counter service resume at the renovated and expanded building.

This work is expected to be completed at the end of this month and an official opening ceremony planned to take place soon after.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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