UK to increase passport application fees

UK home office has proposed new changes to passport fees.

The fee for online application will be small  (4%) increase from £72.50 to £75.50 for adults and £49 for children.

There will be significant increase (580%) in postal applications  by £12.50 to £85 for adults and £58.50 for children

About 250 million people travel across the UK Border each year and this number is increasing. Nearly 46.2 million passengers use ePassport crossings in 2017.

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said:

The passport is an invaluable document that allows millions of British people to travel around the world for business and pleasure.

Our priority is to ensure that UK travellers have a secure, effective, and efficient service from the point of application to the time they pass through the UK border and it is only right that we should look at this whole process when setting our fees.

These proposals will ensure that those people who don’t travel abroad are not footing the bill for those who do.

The proposals are unrelated to the announcement that the colour of the UK passport will be changing in 2019, which will be delivered at no additional cost.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/home-office-proposes-changes-to-passport-application-fees



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