An American and Turkish passport
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By Alexandra Mondalek
November 19, 2015

International travel isn’t exactly cheap for Americans. Just getting a passport costs $110 for the application fee, plus another $25 tacked on as an acceptance fee. But compared to passport costs in some other countries, Americans get off easy.

A Turkish passport is the most expensive to purchase, according to research site Statista. It costs the equivalent of US$251 for a Turkish passport. That equates to about 95 hours worth of work if you’re being paid the federal minimum wage. In Mexico, a passport costs $155, which is even more of a burden to low-wage earners in the country. A Mexican worker earning minimum wage would have to put in 266 hours on the job in order to cover the cost of a passport.

Compare that to the cost of an American passport: $135 or 19 hours worth of work on minimum wage.

The Statista rankings are as follows:

  1. Turkey: $251
  2. Australia: $206
  3. Switzerland: $159
  4. Mexico: $155
  5. United States: $135
  6. Italy: $135
  7. Canada: $133
  8. Japan: $115
  9. New Zealand: $115
  10. United Kingdom: $110

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