Passport Rate Hikes Proposed: Renew Now!

March 15, 2010  By: Africa Adventure Consultants

If the State Department gets its way, US passport fees will be going up in 2010.

Currently it costs $75.00 to renew an adult passport, but under the proposed hikes the rate would go up to $110.00, a 47% increase.

Fees for a first-time adult passport are slated to rise from $100.00 to $135.00.

Want to add more visa pages to your passport? Currently this service is free, but under the proposed new schedule it would cost $82.00.

If these fee hikes do pass, expect a rush as people try to beat the deadline, which could result in longer processing times.

Our advice is to check your passport’s expiration date now. Depending on how much time is remaining, you may want to renew now as opposed to later.

Also note that many countries in Africa require that your passport have at least six months of validity from the date you enter the country. You definitely do not want to get turned away at the gate for having a passport which is about to expire!

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