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Govt cuts passport fee, extends validity

ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan on Wednesday announced a reduction in passport fees and extended validity for 10-years.

According to an official notification issued by the Directorate General of Immigration and Passports on Wednesday, the revised fees will be applicable from February 17, 2021.

“A passport issued for five years with a total number of 36 pages will now cost Rs3,000, meanwhile, Rs5,000 will be charged for urgent services”, as per the notification.  As for passports with a validity of five years containing 72 pages, the fee has been set at Rs5,500, while Rs9,000 will be charged for urgent services. 

A passport with a validity of five years with 100 pages will now cost Rs6,000, while an urgent fee for the same passport has been set at Rs12,000.

The notification further said that passports with a validity of 10 years, containing 36 pages, will cost Rs4,500, while urgent ones will be issued for Rs.7,500. 

Akin to that, a passport with a 10-year validity with a total of 72 pages will cost Rs8,250, while an urgent service fee for the same will be Rs13,500.

For passports with a validity of 10 years, containing 100 pages, the normal fee has been set at Rs9,000, while an urgent service fee for the same will be Rs18,000.

Earlier, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed had said a new e-passport would be launched from April 28 next year and it would help maintain data on modern lines and improve the country’s image abroad.

Sheikh Rasheed said an express service was being launched across the country under which home delivery of passports would be provided to citizens. He said the facility has been activated in Islamabad and will soon be available in Rawalpindi.

He said an SMS service had also been started with the basic aim to inform the passport holders six-month before the expiry of their passports. He said the ‘e-service’ was being initiated in 191 countries from January 1.