Passport Fees Around The World 2020

Passports are a necessity in today’s global world and so are the fees someone has to pay for a travel document. In the best case, you pay this fee only every ten years, as this is the maximum validity of a modern standard passport today. However, there are still countries issuing these booklets for only five years.

Passport fees should be somehow related to the average income of its citizens and usually, passport offices charge between 2% to 4% for a passport compared to the average income. A few countries only charge 1%. But others also go up to 7% to 8%.

In Africa, there is an extreme case where the figure goes up to 40%! I’m German, and our average income is €3230. Imagine if we had to pay €1290 for a passport! But that’s the case, for example, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where a passport costs you the equivalent of $185 at an average income of $460. Two readers of my website even commented that a DRC passport is now at $250, which would make the Congolese passport one of the most expensive in the world. Passport Fees Around The World 2020

Rather expensive passports are those from Lebanon ($330), Australia ($205), Venezuela ($200), and Turkey ($180).
Belarus ($12), China ($18), India ($23), Hong Kong ($32), and Thailand ($33) charge citizens the lowest fees.
Bulgaria has the cheapest fees within the European Union at only $22.

Passports are big business. The global e-passport market is valued at $23.93 billion by the end of 2023, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 20.14% during 2019-2023. The International Civil Aviation Organisation’s Doc 9303 also recommends a new passport design every few years to maintain document security and integrity. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says passenger numbers will reach 4.72 billion (up 4.0% from 4.54 billion in 2019). Passport Fees Around The World 2020

People need passports, but at what costs? Should a passport office make a profit, and should your embassy charge you a higher fee when you are not in your home country?

If the fees of a passport are within the earlier mentioned range of 1% to 4%, then it’s fine with me. How does a passport office justify higher costs than these? Did they negotiate just a bad purchasing contract? Governments like to brag about having the “most advanced” and “most secure” travel document every time a passport is updated (which is always good timing to increase the fees).

Several countries (Germany, for example) managed to keep the same costs for a new passport even though the newer version was significantly updated with state-of-the-art technology and security. I guess passport pricing is also a political issue. costs of passports

Why countries charge significantly more for a passport at their embassies or consulates is a riddle for me. While German embassies charge up to €141 compared to €60 at home, the United States’ passports cost the same around the world as at home – $110. Obtaining a Cuban passport abroad, e.g. in the USA is extremely expensive. A reader wrote to me…

“The Cuban passport is valid for 6 years, now it’s the price is over $450 and every two years we have to pay an extra entry extension of over $200. Which adds up to around $900 in 6 years.” This makes the Cuban passport most likely the most expensive consular passport!

Citizen services should, in my humble opinion, not make a profit but they should cover their costs, of course. Citizen service is a state obligation without extorting its citizens.

By the way, China lowered its passport fees significantly in mid-2019 and the Chinese passport is now one the cheapest travel document in the world at only $18!

British Visitor Passport 1963

Some of the readers might still remember the British Visitor Passport (BVP), which was a travel document used to travel within Europe. One could get it at the post office.
The fees? £6! passport fee

Here are the passport fees around the world originally based on an older British Passport Office list. The old (2010) original PDF can be downloaded here. It is interesting to see how passport prices have increased over ten years. Updated data are coming from readers and web sources (passport office, if possible). However, the list and its data are incomplete, but I will try to update it whenever I can.

More than 150 out of 196 countries using ePassports

All data are for a standard adult passport. Fees in USD! passport fee

Country

Fee

Validity

eMRTD

Argentina

$35

10

Yes

Australia

$205

10

Yes

Austria

$80

10

Yes

Belarus

$12

10

No

Belgium

$73

7

Yes

Brazil

$82

10

Yes

Brunei

$43

5

Yes

Bulgaria

$22

5

Yes

Cambodia

$100

10

Yes

Canada

$128

10

Yes

Chile

$132

5

Yes

China

$18

10

Yes

Congo

$250

5

Yes

Croatia

$55

10

Yes

Cuba

$100

5

No

Cyprus

$60

10

Yes

Czech Rep.

$27

10

Yes

Denmark

$90

10

Yes

El Salvador

$25

5

No

Estonia

$47

10

Yes

Finland

$50

5

Yes

France

$90

10

Yes

Germany

$66

10

Yes

Greece

$100

5

Yes

Hong Kong

$32

10

Yes

Hungary

$50

10

Yes

Iceland

$70

10

Yes

India

$23

10

No

Indonesia

$45

5

Yes

Iran

$30

5

Yes

Ireland

$80

10

Yes

Israel

$75

10

Yes

Italy

$135

10

Yes

Japan

$115

10

Yes

Kazakhstan

$54

10

Yes

Korea (South)

$50

10

Yes

Latvia

$29

10

Yes

Lithuania

$50

10

Yes

Lebanon

$330

10

Yes

Luxembourg

$60

5

Yes

Lybia

$39

8

No

Malaysia

$47

5

Yes

Malawi

$100

10

Yes

Malta

$70

10

Yes

Mexico

$155

10

No

Morocco

$50

5

Yes

Netherlands

$78

10

Yes

New Zealand

$128

10

Yes

Norway

$50

10

Yes

Poland

$35

10

Yes

Portugal

$60

5

Yes

Romania

$65

10

Yes

Russia

$77

10

Yes

Serbia

$36

10

Yes

Singapore

$59

5

Yes

Slovakia

$35

10

Yes

Slovenia

$35

10

Yes

Somalia

140

5

Yes

South Africa

$27

10

No

Spain

$33

10

Yes

Sri Lanka

$19

10

No

Sweden

$36

5

Yes

Switzerland

$140

10

Yes

Syria

$325

2

No

Thailand

$33

5

Yes

Trinidad & Tobago

$20

10

No

Tunisia

$20

5

No

Turkey

$180

10

Yes

UK

$94

10

Yes

USA

$140

10

Yes

Venezuela

$200

5

Yes

Zimbabwe

$50

10

No

assport Fees Around The World 2020
In Cambodia, the passport fees are three times higher at $100 than in the neighboring country, Thailand, with only $33. The Thai passport was improved already twice but remained at the same fees at least since 2010. The third generation of Thai eMRTD is expected for the end of 2020 (then with ten years validity). The New Zealand passport was in 2010 at $100 and in 2019 at $128. Australia $145/$205. Germany $66/$67 (Same fees since 2010, even after a complete redesign in 2017). Austria was until the end of 1999 at $38 and increased in Jan 2000 to $76  (Twice as high than a year before). Today the Austrian passport costs $84. Passports are getting always more expensive as the security printing industry/government is arguing they always need safer documents to fight the forgers.

All data are for a standard adult passport. Fees in USD! passport fee

Passport Fees Around The World 2020

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