8 Responses

  1. Oliver
    Oliver at |

    I have always held the belief that passports and related services should be “free” (paid for by our copious taxes). Putting financial barriers in the way of prospective travelers is neither fair nor good for Americans’ “education”. People should be encouraged to see other cultures in their “native habitat”, not convinced to “experience” them in Epcot Center by nickel- and dimining prospective travelers.

  2. The Global Traveller
    The Global Traveller at |

    Hey it could be worse. $110 for a 10 year passport which you are allowed to add pages is still pretty good.

    Ours are only valid for 5 years, cost considerably more and have no way to add pages.

    As for Government economics, you are forgetting the First Law – if demand is still increasing then it isn’t high enough taxed yet.

  3. Audrey
    Audrey at |

    I know, it used to be that you could request a passport with additional pages when you renewed. But now with the new “chip” passports it is no longer an option. Sucks for those of us who run out of pages passport after passport. Besides the fact that I am always having to carry two passports because I have unexpired visas in the expired passport. Love the 10 yr visas but they do have some minor setbacks such as having to carry the old passport. Oh well, I’ll travel until I die, then I’ll keep traveling but leave the ol’ bod behind!

  4. Wandering Aramean
    Wandering Aramean at |

    I couldn’t agree more, Oliver. Travel is the ultimate education tool.

    It could be worse, I agree, but jacking the rates up this much is still annoying. And the fact that citizens no longer have a choice in needing the passport to travel, even mostly locally, puts the government in the position of being a wonderful monopoly.

    New passports can still be requested with the extra pages in the USA but there’s no guarantee that it will actually happen. I’ll hope for the best in 5 years when I go to renew. In the meantime I figure I’m still up for at least one extra set of pages, and the $82 hit that goes with it.

  5. Someguy
    Someguy at |

    You can still add visa pages to a book with a chip in it. Right now it is free but it will cost $82 soon

    Here is the application you need to fill out.

    http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/80120.pdf

    As for the 5 year books it depends on how old you were when the books were issued as well as what type of passport it is.

  6. Jack
    Jack at |

    “[E]ach recipient should pay a reasonable user charge for government services, resources, or goods from which he or she derives a special benefit, at an amount sufficient for the U.S. Government to recover the full costs to it of providing the service, resource, or good”

    Funny, I thought that’s what this was for:

    http://www.fourmilab.ch/ustax/ustax.html

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