Changes to fees for identity cards and passports issued by missions as of 1 January 2022

Changes to fees for identity cards and passports issued by missions as of 1 January 2022

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has issued a Decree on the Amendment of Fees for Services Produced by the Foreign Service for 2020–2022. The amendment will enter into force on 1 January 2022 and will remain in force until 31 December 2022.

The amendment to the decree changes the fees for passports and identity cards issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Finnish missions abroad. 

Fees for passports issued to veterans of the Finnish wars will remain unchanged.

The fee for an identity card will rise by six euros starting on 1 January 2022  

The change is based on the EU’s ID Regulation.

The increases in the fees for identity cards are based on supplementary amendments made to the Identity Card Act so that it is in line with the EU Regulation on identity cards. 

The applicant's facial image and fingerprints will be stored on the chip of the identity card. The additional expenditure caused by the amendments are part of the chargeable services provided by the Foreign Service and, in accordance with the Act on Criteria for Charges Payable to the State (150/1992), must be covered fully by fees charged for issuance of permits. 

The fee for a passport will rise by 35 euros starting on 1 January 2022  

The price of a passport will rise by EUR 35, with the exception of passports issued to veterans of the Finnish wars. Since 2014, a passport issued by a mission abroad has cost EUR 140. The current fee for a passport no longer corresponds to its cost price. Under the law, the amount of the fee to be charged must correspond to the total cost incurred by the State in providing the service.  Passport fees will be increased to improve cost-effectiveness. The proposal to increase the price of passports was adjusted after a consultation round, and the new fees are lower than the cost price of the passport under section 6, subsection 3 of the Act on Criteria for Charges Payable to the State. 

Inquiries:

Leena Ritola, Director, Passport and Notarial Services Unit, [email protected], tel. +358 295 351 524 
Minna-Kaisa Liukko, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Legislative Affairs, [email protected], tel. +358 295 351 053