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Old Jul 8th 2009, 11:47 am
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Cost of passport set to increase
Holidaymakers face inflation-busting increases in passport fees.
The cost of an adult passport will rise £5.50, or 7%, to £77.50, the Home Office said.
Fewer people are going abroad as families tighten their belts in the recession, meaning applications for passports were 400,000 below the expected level.
The rises, which will come in to force in September, will see the price of a child passport increase £3 to £49.
Fast-track adult applications, which take a week, will cost 15% more, up £15.50 to £112.50.
Prices have shot up in the last decade. In 1997 a passport cost £18. In 2007 it cost £51 and by last year it was £72.
The cost increases are in part due to the inclusion of biometric technology to improve security.
A Home Office spokesman denied the increase was related to ID cards.
But shadow home Secretary, Chris Grayling, said: "This looks like a blatant attempt to bury part of the cost of the ID scheme in the price of a passport. The Government admits that it has no idea how many people will have to volunteer for ID cards before they cover their costs, so it looks like the cost is being lumped on to our passports."
Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said British passports were a "gold standard" in identity documents. "Since the last fee increase in 2007 the Identity and Passport Service has issued almost eight million first generation ePassports, containing secure chips holding an individual's passport details and facial biometric

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Cost of passport set to increase
Holidaymakers face inflation-busting increases in passport fees.
The cost of an adult passport will rise £5.50, or 7%, to £77.50, the Home Office said.
Fewer people are going abroad as families tighten their belts in the recession, meaning applications for passports were 400,000 below the expected level.
The rises, which will come in to force in September, will see the price of a child passport increase £3 to £49.
Fast-track adult applications, which take a week, will cost 15% more, up £15.50 to £112.50.
Prices have shot up in the last decade. In 1997 a passport cost £18. In 2007 it cost £51 and by last year it was £72.
The cost increases are in part due to the inclusion of biometric technology to improve security.
A Home Office spokesman denied the increase was related to ID cards.
But shadow home Secretary, Chris Grayling, said: "This looks like a blatant attempt to bury part of the cost of the ID scheme in the price of a passport. The Government admits that it has no idea how many people will have to volunteer for ID cards before they cover their costs, so it looks like the cost is being lumped on to our passports."
Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said British passports were a "gold standard" in identity documents. "Since the last fee increase in 2007 the Identity and Passport Service has issued almost eight million first generation ePassports, containing secure chips holding an individual's passport details and facial biometric

http://news.uk.msn.com/uk/article.as...ntid=148425215
The cost to make an e passport is roughly 30 dollars, thats a nice bit of profit for the gov
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I am sooo glad i renewed my passport just before xmas last year, and is good now for another 11 years.
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I am sooo glad i renewed my passport just before xmas last year, and is good now for another 11 years.
Imagine what the cost will be then !!!
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Glad mine "only" costs about 250dhs
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still cheaper than a consular issued one, the cheeky sods
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still cheaper than a consular issued one, the cheeky sods
too bloody right...i just paid 745 dhs here, that's about £125...

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Goodness me yes, I got my first renewal at the consulate here, the second one I flew home and got it done in London...
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We paid Dhs375 for our failed UK Visa in early-June but it had risen to Dhs405 by early-July, within only four weeks! That's inflation for you...
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We paid Dhs375 for our failed UK Visa in early-June but it had risen to Dhs405 by early-July, within only four weeks! That's inflation for you...
typical isn't it!! Britain is in it's biggest recession ever so to help the people of their land they put the prices up!
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typical isn't it!!
Isn't it what?

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Isn't it what?

... oh.

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We paid Dhs375 for our failed UK Visa in early-June but it had risen to Dhs405 by early-July, within only four weeks! That's inflation for you...
Why do you pay?? If you are married they are obliged to issue a visit visa free of charge for your non-eu spouse.

Technically they shouldn't even ask for bank statements etc, but ok, let's let that one slide.

If you have proof that they charged you, contact Solvit (Google it for more info)
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typical isn't it!! Britain is in it's biggest recession ever so to help the people of their land they put the prices up!
Yes but if people can't afford a new passport then they are more likely to stay home and spend what little money they have in the UK.
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Yes but if people can't afford a new passport then they are more likely to stay home and spend what little money they have in the UK.
or get a passport and leave for good .....
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