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Venezuela: Obtaining a passport costs almost 28 months of full minimum wage

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Venezuela: Obtaining a passport costs almost 28 months of full minimum wage

According to information from the Administrative Identification, Migration and Foreigners Service (SAIME), the issuance of a new passport costs 8,364,077.95 sovereign bolivars (179.74 euros), which is equivalent to almost 28 months of the full minimum wage (with all subsidies included), which is 300,000 bolivars per month (6.44 euros at today's official exchange rate). On the other hand, Venezuelans are expected to pay the amount of 4,158,396 sovereign bolivars (89.36 euros) for the extension passports that are close to expiration but in good condition are legal.The prices, disclosed by SAIME via Twitter, refer to petro, the Venezuelan cryptocurrency that the Government of President Nicolás Maduro has declared mandatory.

New passport issues are worth 3.35 petros and renewals 1.67.

The new prices are provoking distinct reactions through social networks, with some Venezuelans claiming that it is impossible to bear the costs and accuse the regime of creating "an economic ban on leaving the country."

"A Venezuelan has to be more than two years without eating, paying for services or making any expenses just to aspire to pay a passport… .

Some Twitter users complain that they have paid the passport since 2017 and authorities have not yet handed over the document.

By November 19, SAIME had increased the price of issuing passports from 160,000 sovereign bolivars (at the time, 4.9 euros) to 5,890,270, while the length of the document went from 80,000 to 2,945,486 bolivars. , which at that time amounted to 90.68 euros.

At least 3.5 million Venezuelans have left their country since 2015, escaping the political, economic and social crisis affecting Venezuela, according to various international organizations.

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