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Passport Application Fees Increased; Expedited Service Now at ¢800, Standard Service at ¢644

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Effective today, the Foreign Affairs Ministry has revised the fees for passport applications in Ghana. The fee for the standard service, covering a 32-page booklet, has been raised from GH¢100 to ¢500, and for a 48-page booklet, it is now ¢644.

For expedited service, applicants will now pay ¢700 for a 32-page booklet and ¢800 for a 48-page booklet.

Last December, Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey proposed to Parliament’s Committee on Subsidiary Legislation the necessity of reviewing these fees to address losses in passport booklet printing.

Minister Botchwey emphasized the need for Ghanaians to pay realistic prices for passports, citing the economic constraints. She highlighted that producing one passport booklet costs GH¢400, far exceeding the GH¢100 fee charged to applicants. This subsidy, she argued, was no longer sustainable for the government.

There were no objections raised in Parliament concerning the fee adjustments. A source within the Parliament’s Subsidiary Legislation Committee confirmed the increase, noting that it became law after 21 days without objections.

Comparatively, Ghana’s passport fees, at $7.7, are the lowest in the West African sub-region. Cameroon charges $180, Guinea $57, Guinea-Bissau $65, Burkina Faso $80, and Nigeria $54.29 for similar passport services, as per the Committee on Foreign Affairs report on the 2024 budget estimates.