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Lebanese expatriates face high passport fees

Many Lebanese expatriates abroad complain about the high fees of renewing passports.
A Lebanese national flag flies at half-mast in tribute to victims of a massive explosion in Beirut at the Lebanese embassy in Moscow, Russia, Aug. 5, 2020.

BEIRUT — Renewing or acquiring a Lebanese passport in Lebanon and abroad has become a challenge. With the Lebanese state facing one of its worst economic crisis, although a right, obtaining a passport has become a luxury.

Many Lebanese citizens residing abroad complain about the high fees of renewing passports, which is now 24 million Lebanese pounds ($600) for a passport valid for 10 years. This is an exorbitant price for many, especially students and new expatriates.

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