Zimbabweans trying to get a passport or renew a passport are facing long delays that are hampering travel plans.
The backlog is being blamed on a shortage of passport paper – previous shortages have been blamed on a lack of foreign currency needed by the authorities to import it.
The BBC’s Shingai Nyoka in the capital, Harare, says one applicant told her that passports applied for in September are now being issued.
An emergency passport – which can be issued for around $300 (£230) – is now only being granted with caveats.
One person told the BBC they managed to get one in three days, but he had to provide a letter from his employer proving that the need to travel was indeed an “emergency”.
The country adopted the US dollar in 2009 because of hyperinflation, but has suffered from hard currency shortages.
The introduction several years ago of bond notes, a parallel currency only accepted in Zimbabwe, caused more inflation as it was officially pegged to the US dollar.
Since February, these bond notes and any electronic funds have been re-branded RTGS dollars - allowed to float to try and temper a flourishing currency black market.
But this does not yet seem to have resolved Zimbabwe’s economic woes.
It is small-time cross-border traders who are being particularly affected by passport shortages, including Cecilia Majanyuke, who told Zimbabwe’s Daily News paper a few weeks ago that her clothing business was under threat.
“The decision to stop issuing emergency passes or limiting them to a few emergencies is a deep cut to us,” she said.
Killer Zivhu, the president of the Zimbabwe Cross Border Traders Association, is quoted as saying, “We are pleading with government to address the situation because these people are not demanding jobs… but are simply looking for documentation so that they [can] hustle and make a living.”