British passport cost to rise by 17% at end of March

British Passport
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The price of a British passport for those applying by post is to rise by £12.50 from 27 March, the government have announced.

Currently, an adult’s passport costs £72.50 regardless of how you apply for it. However, under government plans this would rise by 17% to £85 when applying by post while online applications will also increase, but by just £3 to £75.50.

The price for a Child’s passport application will also increase by £12.50 (27%) from £46 to £58.50 for anyone under the age of 16. As with the adult passports, online applications work out cheaper at £49.

This will be the first time ordering a passport by post will cost more than doing so online, and despite the price increase, the government claims the new amount will still be less than it would have nine years ago due to fees being reduced in 2012.

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While the changes are subject to parliamentary approval, the new prices will mean a family of two adults and two children who apply by post will need to spend £287.

Prices for adult passports on the fast-track service will rise from £103 to £142, and from £128 to £177 under the premium service.

The Home Office has said it aims to “create a self-sustainable immigration and borders system,” and that “these reforms are part of plans by the Home Office to invest £100m on border security and infrastructure next year.”