UK passport costs to increase, but which passport is the most expensive in the world?

2018-02-14 06:30 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - The price of a British passport is set to increase from 27 March for those applying by post and online.

According to UK Home Office, the cost of obtaining a British passport fee for adults will increase to as much as £85 (about R1 400 at 16.60/£) or £177 (about R2 000) for those who need their travel documents urgently.

Currently, an adult's passport costs £72.50 (about R1 200) regardless of how you apply for it but under government plans, this would rise by 17%.

Home Office says that the cost of online applications will also go up - but only by £3 to £75.50 and children's passport applications will also increase by 27% from £46 (about R700) to £58.50 (about R900) for anyone under the age of 16, but will be £49 (about R800) online.

UK Home Office says the higher postal charges reflected the "increased costs of processing postal applications compared to online applications".

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However, although these charges are yet to be approved by the UK parliamentary, the British passport is said to rank amongst the world’s more affordable charges. 

The most expensive passport in the world?

According to new analysis found by the Daily Mail, the most expensive passport in the world is the Australian passport which increased by 41% as from 01 January 2018, making it 282 Australian dollars (about R 2 633 at R9.43). 

The Australian passport surpassed 2015's most expensive passport, Turkey at number two and Switzerland at number three for 2018 respectively.

Although it is not included in the analysis, the South African passport also ranks among the world’s more affordable, with a cost of R400. 

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The most powerful?

But after you've forked out, it really is about the access your passport provides.

Each year Henley & Partners, a citizenship and planning firm, ranks nations according to how many countries their residents can visit without applying for a visa and this year there's a total of 100 countries to choose from worldwide. 

South Africa has ranked 52nd on the 2018 Henley Passport Index, with an overall ranking of 3rd highest African passport on the index - and locals enjoying visa-free access to some 29 African countries. 

These include  Benin, Botswana, Cape Verde Islands, Comores Islands, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Somalia, St Helena, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

Click here to see the full list of 100 visa-free destinations for South Africans. 

SA's passport power is surpassed by the Seychelles, which, with visa-free access to 141 countries, is the highest-ranking country in Africa and sits in 27th place on the index.

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