New Consular Fees Begin

The State Department announced its new Schedule of Fees for Consular Services on June 28, 2010. The changes are effective as of July 13th, 15 days after its publication in the Federal Register. The table includes the rates for passports, visas, immigration and other consular services offered.

Applicants with appointments from July 13th on will be charged according to the new Schedule of Fees.

The revised fees will cover current operating expenses for the 301 consular offices abroad, 23 passport agencies in the U.S. and other facilities. The rate changes are based on a Cost of Service Study conducted by the Bureau of Consular Affairs during the month of June, 2009. This study was the most thorough and comprehensive by the Department of State, and established the true costs of consular services provided, which by law must be recovered through a fee collection.

The Embassy accepts payments in U.S. dollars or its equivalent in Lempiras. The exact amount is required. The Consular Agency in San Pedro Sula does not accept credit card payments; personal checks are not accepted at any location. The Embassy does accept international credit cards (Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diners Club, and Discover).

Visit our DOCUMENT REFERENCE section for the new Schedule of Consular Fees, or click the link.

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