Ghana’s Passport Application Fees Surge: Standard Fee Rises by 400%

In a significant move, the Ghanaian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced a substantial adjustment in passport application fees. Effective immediately, applicants will face higher costs for obtaining or renewing their passports. Let’s delve into the details:

New Fee Structure:

  • Standard Service: The fee for the 32-page booklet under the standard service has skyrocketed from GH¢100 to GH¢500. Meanwhile, the 48-page booklet will now cost GH¢644.
  • Expedited Service: For those opting for expedited service, the 32-page booklet will be priced at GH¢700. The 48-page booklet will incur a fee of GH¢800.

The decision to raise passport application fees stems from a proposal made by the sector Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, to the Parliament’s Committee on Subsidiary Legislation in December last year. The primary objective behind this move is to address the financial losses incurred in the printing of passport booklets. Minister Botchwey emphasized the need for Ghanaians to pay realistic prices for passports, considering the prevailing financial constraints in the economy.

Previously, the fee of GH¢100 per passport did not adequately cover production costs. In fact, the government was subsidizing each passport by GH¢300. Minister Botchwey stated, “It is time for Ghanaians to pay realistic prices for passports they acquire to travel beginning next year. The current situation is not sustainable for the state to continue subsidizing passports.”

The adjustment in passport application fees reflects the ministry’s commitment to ensuring financial viability while providing essential services to citizens. As Ghanaians adapt to the new fee structure, it remains crucial to recognize the importance of sustaining passport services for international travel.