Cost of passport rises againIt's the third increase in 22 months
16 June 2007
The price of a passport is to rise in October for the third time in less than two years.
The government has announced that the current £66 fee for a standard adult passport will increase to £72.
Child passports will increase by £1 to £46 and the price of a jumbo (48 pages) passport will increase by £8.50 to £85.50.
The Foreign Office said the price hike was necessary to cover the cost of providing consular help to Britons abroad.
It said consular costs were increasing because more and more people were travelling to foreign countries.
Foreign Office Minister Lord Triesman said: ‘British nationals make an estimated 65 million overseas trips a year.
‘The majority of these, thankfully, are trouble free, but occasionally things do go wrong.
‘Whether dealing with the victims of crime, sickness or other unforeseen circumstances, consular officials are at the forefront of providing assistance to distressed British nationals.’
Previously the price of a passport was increased in December 2005 and then in October 2006.
Those increases – together with this latest price hike – means the price of a passport will have increased by 70 per cent in just 22 months.