New government proposals could see the price of a child’s passport rise by almost 30 per cent.
Under current proposals, the price of an adult passport in the UK is expected to go up from £72.50 to £85 as of March 27 – if the change is approved by Parliament.
Children’s passports on the other hand could rise from £46 to £58.50 – that’s a price hike of almost 30 per cent. See you back home then, kids.
The change will apply to postal applications, with online applications set to go up to a more reasonable £75.50 for adults and £49 for children.
Despite the price increase, the government said it will still cost less to apply for a passport than it would have nine years ago, because fees were reduced in 2012.
Apparently the proposals to change the price has nothing at all to do with the planned colour change for UK passports.
Last year it was announced British passports issued after October 2019 will no longer be that familiar Burgundy colour, instead, replaced with a dark blue and gold cover.
As we continue to make even bigger strides towards our exit from Europe, one of the immediate changes will be scrapping the Burgundy model – which is standard under EU membership.
British passports are redesigned every five years and the new editions will come into effect from next autumn according to the Home Office.
Of course, pro-Brexiters are hailing this as some sort of victory – as the navy cover is a return to the original design, last used in 1921.
The British government have said the next design will also come with updated features and technology, making it one of the most secure forms of documented identification on the international stage.
Speaking to The Guardian immigration minister Brandon Lewis said:
Leaving the EU gives us a unique opportunity to restore our national identity and forge a new path for ourselves in the world.
That’s why I’m delighted to announce the British passport will be returning to the iconic blue and gold design after we’ve left the European Union, in 2019.
Announcing the move, the Home Office said the price hikes will form part of a £100 million investment in border security and infrastructure – so that’s what we’re paying for.
Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said:
The passport is an invaluable document that allows millions of British people to travel around the world for business and pleasure.
Our priority is to ensure that UK travellers have a secure, effective, and efficient service from the point of application to the time they pass through the UK border and it is only right that we should look at this whole process when setting our fees.
These proposals will ensure that those people who don’t travel abroad are not footing the bill for those who do.
So glad we get to fork out a heap of money to travel the world we were born on.