DRC: USD 99 to obtain the Congolese biometric passport

In DR Congo, the new price of the biometric passport is set at the Congolese franc equivalent of USD 99, broken down as follows: USD 50 for the contracting authority and USD 40 for the holder. As for the validity, it is fixed at 5 years.

Under the terms of an interministerial decree signed on November 10, 2020 by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marie Tumba Nzenza, and the Minister of Finance, Sele Yalaghuli. The waiting period for the delivery of the biometric passport is set at 7 days for applicants located in Kinshasa, 14 days for those from the provinces and 28 days for those from outside the country.

Since 2015, the same biometric electronic passport has been sold for 185 USD, thus becoming one of the most expensive passports in the world, following the controversial contract between the DRC and the Belgian firm SEMLEX, which was not renewed at its term in June 2020.

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