Passport application fee will go up in both Ordinary and Tatkal categories from October 1, the first hike in a decade, said Foreign Office officials.

The application fee is being increased by Rs. 500 to Rs.1,500 for normal applications and by Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 3,500 for the Tatkal category.

For citizens living abroad, the revised fee would be $75 from $40 and Euro 60 from Euro 48 for normal applications. The current regime of Passport fees had come into force in 1993, fixing the application fee on the basis of actual cost incurred. The last revision took place in 2002. Since then, the Government has argued that costs relating to establishment, reimbursement to the police etc. have gone up considerably.

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