The price of renewing your passport simply went up

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In times of rising inflation, the cost of a US passport also increases.

Starting Monday, December 27, fees will increase by $ 20 and the increase will apply to all new passports as well as renewals, according to the State Department. The price increase is necessary so that officials “can continue to create one of the most secure travel and ID documents in the world,” said the department on its Twitter TWTR account with -2.03%.

In other online news, the ministry said the price hike related to “an increase in the security surcharge component of the passport application.”

Prior to the fee increase, an adult paying for a new passport book was required to pay $ 145, consisting of an application fee of $ 110 and an admission fee of $ 35. As of December 27th, the total fee is $ 165.

The previous price for an extension was $ 110, now it’s $ 130. A new passport for a child under 16 used to cost $ 115 and is now $ 135.

The set fee depends on when the application was submitted, the State Department said in response to tweet comments. The State Department did not immediately respond to a request from MarketWatch for further comment.

For people who have already applied for the travel document and are now waiting for delivery, this can be a bit of a relief.

The routine processing time for U.S. passports is now eight to eleven weeks. If you’d like to pay more for expedited processing, the turnaround time is five to seven weeks, says the State Department.

Expedited service costs $ 60 and a day or two of delivery costs $ 17.56, the department said.

The big question, of course, is what the appetite – and the rules – for international travel will look like when 2022 turns travel plans upside down for many with the Delta and Omicron variants.

In early December, data from travel booking site Hopper showed prices for international flights fell slightly, with a 2% decrease for outbound flights and a 5% decrease for return flights.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued nearly 15.5 million passports in fiscal year 2021. That’s 11.7 million in 2020, but fewer than 20.6 million passports issued in 2019.

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