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Ministry proposes 544% increase in passport application fees

Ministry proposes 544% increase in passport application fees
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Ministry proposes 544% increase in passport application fees

A 544% rise in passport application fees is what the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has suggested. It is planned to increase the existing GH100 cost to GH644. The idea aims to reduce losses sustained by the state in issuing passports and to reflect the increase in printing expenses.

Because of the current financial difficulties in the economy, Ghanaians must pay reasonable fees for passports, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey. She made it clear that the government’s present subsidy is no longer viable. In order to address this problem and make sure the ministry can prevent losses in passport booklet manufacture, an increase in fees has been proposed.

The Committee on Subsidiary Legislation in Parliament is now debating the Ministry’s proposal. The increased costs are anticipated to go into force the following year, if authorized. The goal of the fee hike is to more closely align the cost of obtaining a passport with the real expenses of production.

At the moment, Ghanaians must pay GH100 for a passport, but the government only pays GH300 for each passport that is given due to the GH400 production cost of a passport booklet.

It is important to note that this proposed increase in Ghana-only passport application prices does not correspond to changes in passport fees in other nations. Every nation has different passport application procedures and costs.

In conclusion, a 544% rise in Ghana’s passport application fees has been suggested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration. The intention is to lessen the financial strain on the government by accurately reflecting the costs associated with producing passports. The increased fees will go into effect the next year if the proposal is accepted by the Parliamentary Committee on Subsidiary Legislation.

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