The cost of Regular Ghana Biometric Passport Application form has be stable for close to a decade. In a report cited, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is spearheading the proposal to increase from GH¢50 to GH¢100 if accepted and approved by parliament in 2018.
It is, however, unclear if the price of express passport application forms, which already sells for Ghc100, will also be increased.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is proposing a 100 percent increment in the price of regular passport application forms.
According to the Ministry, the cost of production is much higher, and that if they continuously sell at the current price, they will be running at a loss.
In its report to parliament regarding the approval of GH¢450 million as 2018 budgetary allocation, the Ministry said the Attorney General has been notified about the proposal to be considered as part of the review of the Fees and Charges Legislation.
“The Committee was informed that the Ministry had sent proposals to the Ministry of Finance to increase the Passport application fees from GHS 50 to GHS 100.00 for ordinary passport processing.
The fees, which form part of the IGF of the Ministry, is used to defray part of the processing cost, cost of re-tooling and for the establishment of passport application centers in all regional capitals in order to ease the acquisition process. The inputs have been forwarded to the Attorney General as part of the review of Fees and Charges Legislation.