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How to Apply for Nigerian International Passport

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How to Apply for Nigerian International Passport

How to Apply for Nigerian International Passport

Travelling overseas can be very challenging for those who do not understand how to begin the application process. Every year millions of Nigerians travel abroad for either an annual family holiday, business trips, for further education and jobs that brings better opportunities their way. 

What is a Passport?

A passport is a travel document, usually issued by a country’s government to its citizens, that certifies the identity and nationality of its holder primarily for international travel. Standard passports may contain information such as the holder’s name, place and date of birth, photograph, signature, and other relevant identifying information.

International passports are travel document issued by a government governing authority. An international passport verifies the identity and nationality of an individual and it facilitates the movement of people between different countries.

Nigerian International Passport?

A Nigerian international passport isn’t the same as the ECOWAS passport, which only grants travel entry into 15 West African states.

Click here to view the list of member states Nigerians who intend to travel outside of West Africa are required to obtain a Nigerian international passport.

Currently, the Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS) is the only agency that issues electronic passports (e-passports) for new applications. Citizens can apply for a Standard e-passport (green cover), while official e-passports (blue cover) are reserved for government officials and Nigerian diplomats.

Click here to read the passport application guidelines

Who Needs a Nigerian International Passport?

A Nigerian International Passport is required for Nigerian with travel intentions ranging from business, vacation, school purposes, etc.

A 32-page Nigerian international passport is commonly issued for leisure travellers, while Business travellers may consider applying for a 64-page passport if their job requires frequent international business trips, vacation. 

Required Documents for Applicant Above 18

  • For individuals above 18 years, the following document will be required from them.
  • Citizens by birth should provide their National ID card or a letter of identification.
  • Citizens by naturalization/registration must provide their Certificate of Naturalization/Registration.
  • Complete special form design for the international passport
  • Two standard passport-sized photographs validated by the guarantor.
  • A copy of the guarantor’s ePassport issued in Nigeria
  • A guarantor’s form filled in and also signed by Oaths’ Commissioner.
  • Married applications should provide their official status certificate.
  • Age Declaration or Certificate of birth.
  • Proof of payment.

Required Documents for Applicant below 18

  • Standard passport-sized photograph signed by one or both parents.
  • An application form that contains all the required information.
  • The proof of the child’s parents being the citizens of Nigeria.
  • A birth certificate.
  • Proof of payment.
  • Letter of consent.
  • Court Order document (if the parents are unavailable).

How Much Does it Cost?

Nigeria International Passport Fee must be made online, either in Naira or US Dollars. Cash payments are not acceptable.

NB: The current prices are from the official Nigeria Immigration Service website and is subject to change.

CATEGORIES32-PAGE BOOKLETS64-PAGE BOOKLETS
AGE: 0 – 17 YRSAGE: 18 – 59 YRSAGE: 60 YRS +
Passport Booklet Fee₦ 8,750₦ 15,000₦ 8,750₦ 20,000
Address Verification Fee₦ 2,000₦ 2,000₦ 2,000₦ 2,000
TOTAL₦ 10,750₦ 17,000₦ 10,750₦ 22,000

The step-by-step guide on how to apply for a Nigerian international passport.

How to Apply for a Nigeria International Passport

The Nigerian international passport application can be processed either online or offline. Both ways will result in you receiving a hard copy of your passport.

Online

  • Visit the Nigerian Immigration Services portal. Click here to see the website
  • Select passport type
  • Select processing country
  • Complete application form
  • Upload scanned copies of required documents
  • Select preferred payment method (payment can be made with Visa cards)
  • Once payment is completed, click “Submit”
  • You will be issued an Application ID and Reference number
  • Print out Guarantor’s form and have it certified
  • Submit completed application form with additional required documents in person at your selected passport office
  • Once you have submitted your online application, you are required to appear in person at your specified immigration office for photographs and biometrics to be taken.

Offline

If you rather prefer to submit your application through an agent, instead of online, be informed that the process may take a lot longer. Be careful which agents you work with to avoid your funds getting into the wrong hands. Even with an agent, applicants are required to appear in person at the immigration office with their required documents.

Ideally, a new passport application takes around 48 hours to process after the biometric data has been captured. In some cases, it takes a month.

Nigerians living abroad can apply for their international passport at their nearest consulate, or via the online application.

Validity

Currently, standard international passports are valid for five years. You may only renew your passport once all available pages have been used.

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