Syria’s parliament amended the consular fees to grant, renew passports and travel documents, making the Syrian passport the most expensive in the world.
The first article of the draft law states that the consular fee to grant or renew passport and travel documents for Syrians will cost $800, according to Syrian Arab News Agency SANA.
The consulate charged $400 in the past for passport and travel services.
According to a World Atlas ranking in March last year, the cost of issuing a Syrian passport is the most expensive in the world. The Turkish passport which costs $250 is the second most expensive, followed by the Australian document at around $200, and then Switzerland and Mexico at about $160.
Paradoxically, after six years of war in the country, the Syrian passport has become the weakest in the world, and the countries that allow entry to its holders without a visa are very limited.
According to the classification of Henley & Partners, the Syrian passport was ranked 101st in terms of strength out of 104 passports on the index, followed by passports of Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan.