The government of Ghana has said it will reduce the cost of passport fees for Ghanaians living in the United States of America.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, announced this when she addressed the Ghanaian community in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.
She said: “Mr President has directed that the fees that you pay for passports, the fees are too high and, therefore, we should do all we can to reduce the fees. This will also be done in addition to increasing the duration to 10 years. So, very soon, we will come to you with the new passport fees so that when your passport expires, you’ll not pay the amount that you’re currently paying, it will be less than what you are paying”.
Meanwhile, the Embassy of Ghana in Berlin has started issuing the 10-year validity passport booklets to qualified applicants.
The ten-year passport validity extension does not include holders of diplomatic or service passports, as diplomatic passports shall not exceed five years.
Similarly, passports for children under 12 years will still have a 5-year validity.