It costs to have the latest security document on the market.

Higher fees have been approved for South African passports and travel documents as secure portrait technologies become more advanced to match the rising capabilities of digital ID. In a general exercise comparing the South African document with other national passports, it was found that the consumer cost massively undercut much higher production fees.

The Minister of Home Affairs, of South Africa, Aaron Motsoaledi justified the tariff changes, referencing the need to increase the profit margin. Moreover, he Home Affairs Minister took a less sympathetic view towards people who could afford to travel outside the country, who he suggested should not be subsidised when purchasing a new passport. However, in a possible oversight of his remarks, a passport is used in most cases to travel outside of a country, whether a citizen is financially very stable or not.

The new tariff will be implemented on 1 November 2022.

“The fees payable in respect of applications for a South African passport or travel document made within the Republic are as follows: Adult passport R600 for 32 pages, R1 200 for 48 pages, Official passport R600, Diplomatic passport R600, Document for travel purposes R600, Crew member certificate R600”.