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Prices for passports rise once more as Home Office looks to improve services.

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The cost of obtaining or renewing a British passport is expected to climb again, the second hike in less than a year, in a move that will affect millions of people.

After hiking costs by 9% in January 2023, the Home Office has announced a steep 7% increase, which has sparked intense discussion.

The most recent fee modifications are broken down as follows:

  • Adult standard online applications will skyrocket from £75.50 to £88.50 in the UK.
  • Children’s online applications in the UK will increase in price from £53.50 to £57.50.
  • Adult postal applications will reach £100.00, while children’s applications will reach £69.00.
  • Adults applying online from abroad will pay £101.00, while children will pay £65.50.
  • Foreign applicants’ paper applications will soar to £112.50 for adults and £77.00 for kids.

The Home Office stressed that these changes are intended to make sure that the money received from passport applications more nearly matches the expenses incurred in processing them in its March announcement that proposed the price increase. The government does not make money from passport applications, the statement continued, emphasizing that the fees received cover a range of operational costs, such as border clearance for British nationals and consular help abroad.

Furthermore, the higher fees are allegedly intended to support the government’s capacity to improve passport services, demonstrating its dedication to raising the effectiveness and efficiency of passport-related activities.

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