The office of the Attorney General for the Republic of the Marshall Islands is announcing to its citizen's (Natural born, Rregistered and Naturalized Citizens) that starting February 12, 2018 the life term for RMI passport is no longer 5 years but 10 years.

1. Passport fees for ages 13 and above is $100 for 10 years. The option for five years passport life term will still be kept. $50 is the cost for a 5 years passport.


  • FSM used to have 10 years life term for a passport but now they reduced the life term to 5 years.. Why???

    Kepwan Efich
    Kepwan Oput
  • Passports a ticket to corruption in the Pacific Islands
    13 October 2018

    Since the early 1980s, Pacific island countries have sold passports to foreigners.

    In their heydays, passport sales schemes in Tonga (1982–1996), the Marshall Islands (1995–1996), and Nauru (1998–2002) were generating between 6.5 per cent and 11 per cent of these nations’ GDP. Each of these ventures rose and fell in chaotic environments and were followed by similar, but smaller, schemes.

    In contrast to passport selling programs in other regions such as the Caribbean and Europe, passport sales in the Pacific islands have been isolated and mostly disconnected from offshore financial (‘tax haven’) activities in the same country. This has restricted the sophistication of Pacific island passport sales activities. They have often provided erratic, one-off and poorly organised services, with governments doing little effective monitoring of sales and proceeds.

    Programs have generally been characterised by poor governance, lack of transparency, improper accounting, and even theft, fraud and corruption. Those benefiting illicitly from passport sales often avoid prosecution, especially if they are linked to the local elite.

    Most buyers of Pacific island passports have been ethnic Chinese seeking instrumental advantages, such as visa-free entry to particular countries, lower taxes and escape routes.

    In Tonga and the Marshall Islands, promoters of passport sales wrongly contended that purchasers would not want to settle in the issuing country

    Nauru’s passport holders have included alleged terrorists from al-Qaeda and the East Turkestan Liberation Organization. US immigration authorities often refuse to accept Marshall Islands passports as valid identity documents.

    A passport sales scheme damages the credibility of all passports issued by that country. Foreign governments often act or threaten to restrict entry of all passport holders, even innocent citizens by birth. International organisations fighting money laundering and terrorism are not favourably impressed. Overseas banks worried about their reputations are less likely to form or maintain correspondent relationships with local banks, making international transactions more difficult and expensive.

    Scandals and domestic political opposition often lead Pacific island countries to curtail passport sales. Before this happens, new and supposedly improved versions of the passport sales arrangement are often announced and put in place — only to be plagued, in turn, by irregularities, scandals, conflicts between retailers and new rounds of public opposition.

    Over time, the stigma attached to any particular scheme diminishes. This reopens opportunities for a new series of passport sales, at least until they attract too much unfavourable public attention as well. If the same organisational approach is used in the new Pacific island venture, it too will very likely create the same kinds of instability and crises.

    Anthony van Fossen is Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Griffith University.

  • edited October 2018
    Good one FM..some stupid and ugly history of passport selling by the Scandals and Domestic
    Political move among politicans and the ellite in the islands settings..true that!
Sign In or Register to comment.