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Why African passports are more expensive, but less powerful?

By Marie Toulemonde
Posted on Friday, 16 July 2021 16:18

Across Africa, passports are often more expensive than elsewhere, open fewer doors and are manufactured by foreign companies. Here's out detailed look at passports across the continent.

No less than 110,000 CFA francs (about $194). This is how much Cameroonians have to pay for their passport as of 1 July. This is a 46% increase from the previous rate and makes it the most expensive identity document in Africa.

It is all the more difficult to justify this sudden and significant increase – a switch to biometric technology – to the public because this Yaoundé-issued passport is still much less powerful than that of other countries.

This is the case for much of the continent.