Cost of passports to increase

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The cost of applying for a New Zealand adult passport is going up by $8, and by another $17 over the next two years.

Internal Affairs Minister Jan Tinetti confirmed the increases in a statement last week, saying they were the result of a review by her department.

The price of applying for an adult passport was increased from $191 to $199, with child passport costs rising from $111 to $115.

In May next year, the cost will increase further to $206 and $120; and again the following year to $215 and $125.

Tinetti said the number of passport applications had dropped since before the pandemic – from 730,000 in the 2018/19 year to just 150,000 in 2020/21 – which meant the costs of administration were not being covered.

New Zealand adult passports expire after 10 years, and child passports after five years.

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