Data on the cost of a passport in the country of issue was collected by the World Bank in October 2005. The principal form of collection was through faxes, emails and telephone calls to the consular offices of each country having an embassy or consulate office in the United States. Other sources of information included websites of passport authorities, telephone calls and faxes to the relevant government ministry in charge of issuing passports in countries, and through staff in World Bank country offices. Passport costs were collected in local currency, and converted into United States dollars at the prevailing interbank exchange rate. After several follow-up attempts, data were able to be collected for passport costs in 127 countries.
In many countries there is not a single passport cost. An attempt to standardize was made by collecting the price of a first-time adult passport valid for five years duration, of the standard number of pages and obtained via the standard processing period. When the country only issues a 10-year passport, this is the price reported. The cost collected contains the cost of the passport itself, but not the cost of paying for photographs, birth certificates, or other such documents which are required along with the passport application.
Kind of Data
Administrative records data [adm]
- v01: Edited, anonymous dataset for public distribution.
- Passport cost
Producers and sponsors
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
World Bank Microdata Library
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download.
David McKenzie, World Bank. World Passport Cost Data (PCD) 2005, Ref. WLD_PCD_2005_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from [URL] on [date].
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
DDI Document ID
Development Data Group
The World Bank
Documentation of the DDI
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
DDI Document - Version 02 - (04/21/21)
This version is identical to DDI_WLD_2005_PCD_v01_M_WB but country field has been updated to capture all the countries covered by survey.
v01 (May 2013)