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The Department of Civil Status, located behind the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Port Vila, will be temporarily moving this weekend to the ground floor of the Immigration Department premises close to the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) headquarters.

The Deputy Director of the Department of Civil Status, Etienne Ravo, says the office of the department will be moving temporarily to allow for renovation and expansion work on their office building to take place.

“We wish to advice the public that the office will be closed on Monday, March 20 as part of the relocation work and the office will reopen on Tuesday, March 21 for normal business at the new location,” he added.

Ravo said the renovation will also start next week and take roughly two to three months.

Since establishment of the department in the early days of Independence in the 1980s it has always been located at the same former British government pharmacy building.

Due to the high demand from customers the office must move to allow for renovation and expansion of the building to take place as the department now sees up to between 100 and 200 people daily needing civil registration and passport services.

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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