- Government has disclosed plans to increase the cost involved to procure a passport
- Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey said government did not intend to make profit in that field
The government is considering increasing passport fees to help it break even and avoid the current losses incurred in the processing and production of Ghanaian passports.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, said Ghana's passports were highly subsidised making it the less expensive in Africa.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra Wednesday, May 23, 2019, she said passport processing was a service that the government did not intend to make a profit on and indicated that it would be wrong for the government to continue subsidising the price for acquiring passports.
"So we are looking at it. We are in the middle of negotiations of some sort to see how much more we could charge to break even but not to make profit," she said.
Ms Botchwey recalled that her ministry had announced that it would review the cost of acquiring passports outside Ghana downwards because there the cost was a bit high.
However, she said, "here (In Ghana) we are making a loss therefore there is the need for Ghanaians to pay realistic prices for passports but no decision has been taken on it yet."
The current fee for expedited application us GHc100, while that of a standard application is GH50.
Ms Botchwey said as part of measures to reduce the frequency at which Ghanaians applyied for passports, the validity of Ghana passports had been extended from five years to 10 years.
She said the passport office commenced issuing the 10-year passports from April 1, 2019, and explained that "By this action, a Ghanaian who has not exhausted the pages of his/her passport, will only apply for renewal after 10 years instead of five years."
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