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If you do not need a passport to travel immediately, please do not go for one, Shirley Ayorkor Botwe (Minister of Foreign Affairs & Regional


In response to widespread concerns over the recent increment of passport application fees, the Ghanaian government has clarified that the measure was not intended to impose a financial burden on citizens. Shirley Ayorkor Botwe, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, emphasized that the approval for the fee adjustment went through the parliamentary process.


The decision to raise passport application fees sparked a public outcry, with many expressing worries about the potential impact on citizens, particularly those from low-income backgrounds. However, Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botwe assured the public that the government’s intention was not to place undue financial strain on Ghanaians.

In her statement, Minister Botwe urged citizens to consider the necessity of obtaining a passport before applying. She emphasized that if individuals do not have an immediate need for travel, it is advisable to refrain from applying for a passport at this time. This approach aims to alleviate the financial burden on those who may not urgently require travel documents.

The Minister also highlighted the importance of ensuring that the passport application process remains accessible and efficient for all citizens. Efforts will be made to streamline procedures and minimize any inconvenience caused by the fee adjustment.

Furthermore, Minister Botwe affirmed the government’s commitment to providing necessary documentation support for Ghanaians who require passports for essential travel purposes. Measures will be implemented to ensure that those with urgent travel needs can obtain passports without facing significant financial barriers.

The clarification from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration comes amidst ongoing discussions regarding the economic implications of the fee increment and its potential impact on citizens’ ability to travel.

As the government continues to address public concerns and optimize passport services, citizens are encouraged to stay informed about any updates or changes to the passport application process.

story filed by: Nana kwaku Duah


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