Summer Travelers Beware: Passport Fees Have Increased

It’s the middle of summer, which means some of you may be busy uploading numerous photo albums on Facebook from your recent travels, while others are only now preparing to leave for vacation before school starts. For those who are leaving the country, it may cost a bit more than expected. Last week, the U.S. Department of State announced passport fee changes that went into effect on July 13. Immigrant and non-immigrant fees were also adjusted, with some prices rising and others falling. Here’s a quick summary of the changes (for visa fees, etc., visit the U.S. Department of State’s website):—For those who don’t have passports, a passport book for an adult is now $135 (was $100) and a passport book for a minor is $105 (was $85)

—For passport renewals, the fee is now $110 (was $75)

—A new passport card is now $55 for adults, $40 for children

For an adult without a passport, the additional cost of $35 may not seem like a lot. However, if you’re taking a trip on a strict budget, you’ll have to cut back slightly—either one less souvenir, or a little more walking instead of taxis. And for those who are planning to take a trip later in the year and need to buy or renew a passport (they’re good for five years), keep these new fees in mind so you won’t be surprised when you have to open your wallet wider than you did before.

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