It’s bad enough that travellers lose 5% of the value of every passport (thanks to rules that require travellers to have at least six months validity on their document before jetting off), that slightly tattered passports might get you into trouble (meaning you might need to renew your passport even earlier) and that the Australian passport is already one of, if not the most expensive in the world.
Just before Christmas last year, the Passport Office announced that from 1 January it would be increasing the cost of an Australian passport to $293 (for a standard 10-year passport for people aged over 16 years).
At the beginning of 2018, it raised the price from $277 to $282. So that’s a 6% cost increase in just over 12 months.
And when you take into account that a 10-year passport is only valid for 9.5 years, the true cost (or ‘nett’ price) of an Aussie passport balloons further to a whopping $307.65.
Whilst the increases in the price of a passport are linked to inflation (or Consumer Price Index), it doesn’t excuse the fact our passports are overpriced in the first place.
According the The New Daily, the Aussie passport is now the most expensive in the world (with the exception of the passport for Syrians living abroad, which costs around $500).
Here’s a look at the price of a standard adult passport in other countries:
-New Zealand - NZ$191, from 1 March 2019 (AU$183)
-USA - US$145 (AU$202)
-Canada - CA$160 (AU$169)
-UK - GB£75.50, for online applications (AU$139)
-Ireland - EU80, for online applications (AU$127)
-Fiji - FJ$72 (AU$48)
-China - 160 yuan (AU$33)
-India - 1500 rupees (AU$29)
According to the Passport Office, the new passport fees for Australians are:
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