What you need to know about new fees and when to renew.
If you’re travelling overseas, you’ve got to have it, and now you have to pay more for it.
Fees for Australian passports increased on January 1.
It now costs $293 for a 10-year adult passport.
AUSTRALIAN PASSPORT PRICES
Passport fees were increased from January 1, 2019.
- Ten-year passport for people aged 16 and over: $293.
- Five-year passport for children under 16 years and people aged 75 and over: $148.
- Emergency passport overseas: $184.
- Replacement passport: $184.
- Priority processing fee: $215.
- Adult overseas surcharge: $132.
- Child overseas surcharge: $64.
More information at passports.gov.au and smarttraveller.com.au
What the others cost
A standard 34-page passport is $137 (£75.50) for adults (16 and over) when applied for online.
A standard adult passport costs $171 ($NZ180). An urgent passport costs $342 ($NZ360).
A US passport is $205 ($US145) for adults and $156 ($US110) for children 16 and younger.
World’s best passports
The world’s best passport is that of the UAE, when ranked for countries that can be entered visa-free (113), with visa on arrival (54) and needing a visa (31), according to Passport Index.
Passport Index rates the top most powerful passports:
1. United Arab Emirates.
3rd equal Singapore, Denmark, Sweden, Luxembourg, France, Finland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, South Korea, USA.
The Australian passport is ranked equal seventh.
Bali-bound travellers are still being advised to make sure their passports are in good condition or face the possibility of being refused boarding in Perth.
Indonesia is cracking down on damaged passports as part of wider measures against the use of illegal travel documents.
With the Indonesian government threatening to fine airlines that allow travellers with damaged passports to fly, carriers are being cautious with the amount of damage acceptable remaining unclear.
The warning comes after a British couple were denied entry to Bali in October while travelling with a passport that had been chewed by their dog. A man with a slightly damaged passport was also stopped from boarding a flight on Christmas Day in Perth.
Do I need six months validity left on my passport before I can travel from and then re-enter Australia?
“Your passport is valid from the date it is issued until the date it expires. You can use it throughout this period, subject to meeting the visa and immigration requirements of the countries you wish to visit or transit. Some foreign governments require visitors to carry passports with at least six months validity beyond their planned stay. You may be refused entry if you do not comply. Well before you travel, you should check the entry requirements of the countries you plan to visit or transit. Contact the foreign diplomatic and consular representatives of the country you wish to visit in Australia, or seek advice from your travel agent.”
South Africa with kids
Travellers flying to South Africa should also be sure to have the correct documentation.
South African law requires unaccompanied minors and children travelling with adults who are not their legal guardian to carry an unabridged birth certificate which shows their parents’ details, as well as the child’s own passport, for visits to South Africa.
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