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  • Thursday, February 22, 2018

  • International Travelers Take Note: Passport Fees on the Rise

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    Author: Blog Contributor
According to recent reports, international travelers will want to prepare themselves for yet another increase in fees. In addition to the constantly increasing cost of airfare and hotel accommodations, it will now cost more to simply buy or renew a passport.

The U.S. government is planning to increase all fees associated with passports. New applicants would now pay $135, a renewal would cost $110, and adding visa pages to an existing passport would cost $82.

The rationale behind increasing these fees is that the government is not currently receiving adequate compensation for the work involved in processing these. While it is certainly understandable that the government wishes to uncover new revenue streams, these increases are significant for travelers.

Rising fuel costs and economic difficulties have caused airlines to raise prices and charge for amenities like checking bags. Hotel accommodation prices have also been affected by economic woes, and now passport increases are set to further increase the cost of traveling internationally.

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