Laos’s adjustment of fees and service charges for passport issuance

26/02/2024 14:05
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KPL (KPL)The Consular Department, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the adjustment of fees and service charges for passport issuance, effective on March 4, 2024.

 

(KPL)The Consular Department, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the adjustment of fees and service charges for passport issuance, effective on March 4, 2024.

According to the announce ordinance and electronic passports will be priced at USD 60 per book, non-electric passports will cost USD 40 per book. Despite being set in a foreign currency, fees will be collected in the local currency, based on the exchange rate determined by the Ministry of Finance.

Furthermore, the amendment will also introduce an express passport service with three processing options: 1-day, 3-day, and 5-day, priced at LAK 1 million, LAK 500,000, and LAK 300,000 per book. This expedited service is designed to assist individuals in need of passports before the stipulated 10-day period as per the Passport Law.

“The passport service aims to address the ongoing issue of illegal express passports by implementing a systematic, orderly, transparent, and verifiable process,” notice states. “It also aims to generate extra income for the state budget.”

Additionally, the adjustment aims to tackle residents’ concerns, particularly regarding long waiting times faced by residents, as many have recently expressed frustration with the passport acquisition process, citing long waits, system errors, and appointment favoritism.

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