Are you planning on traveling abroad, or you need a document that will certify your identity as a Nigerian citizen? Then you should apply for a Nigerian passport.
A lot of Nigerians are still eluded by the concept and purpose of international passports, but in this article, I’m going to break down the whole thing into small-sized chunks that would be easy for even a numskull to understand.
Table of Contents
- What is a Nigerian Passport
- Types Of International Passport In Nigeria
- Price Of International Passport In Nigeria
- Application Documents For A Nigerian Passport
- How To Apply For Nigerian International Passport Online
- How To Apply For Nigerian International Passport Offline
- Nigerian passport validity
- Renewal of Nigerian passport
What is a Nigerian Passport
The Nigerian international passport is a travel document in the form of a pamphlet, issued by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria for identity confirmation and immigration purposes.
The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) is a government agency in the executive arm solely responsible for the production and distribution of Nigerian international passports.
Nigerians who plan on traveling abroad for business, leisure, study, or vacation must apply for a Nigerian international passport. The 32-page Nigerian international passport is commonly possessed by leisure travelers.
While business travelers usually own a 64-page passport because their job requires frequent international business trips. This saves them the trouble of always applying for a new one.
Types Of International Passport In Nigeria
There are two types of passport available in Nigeria: Standard, and official passport. Nigerian Immigration Services only issues electronic passports to new applicants. A standard e-passport (green cover) is available to all Nigerian citizens, while official e-passports (blue cover) are exclusively reserved for government officials, commissioners, and Nigerian diplomats.
There are two types of standard passport in Nigeria. The most common one is the 32-page international passport booklet, and then there is the 64-page international passport booklet.
1. 32-page international passport
The 32-page international passport is the most common passport form in the country. This is because it is cheaper than its associate, the 64-page passport. The 32-page international passport has only 32 pages and valid for 5 years.
Once you fill all the pages on this passport booklet, you’ll have to apply for a new one or renew the old one. Most people that apply for this document use it as an alternative to an ID, not for immigration purposes.
2. 64-page international passport booklet
Then there’s the 64-page Nigerian passport. It is valid for up to 10 years and as stated in the name, it has only 64 pages. This passport is actively used by Nigerians for immigration purposes. You can use it to travel abroad for studies, business, or leisure.
Price Of International Passport In Nigeria
According to the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Nigerian passports do not come at a fixed price. Some cost as low as ₦15,000 and others comes with a rather outrageous price.
Since we’ve taken time to review the types of passport available in Nigeria and their validity periods, let’s take a bit more time to review the cost of these documents. The table below contains the price of Nigerian passports and the type.
|Age Group & Price||Price Of 32-Page Passport In Nigeria – 5 years validity||Price Of 32 Pages Passport Outside Nigeria – 5 years validity||Price Of 64-Page Passport In Nigeria – 10 years validity||Price Of 64-Page Passport Outside Nigeria – 10 years validity||Address Verification|
|Minor (0 – 17)||₦8,750||$65||₦20,000||$125||₦2,000|
|Adult (18 – 59)||₦15,000||$94||₦20,000||$125||₦2,000|
From the table above, it is obvious that a 64-page Nigerian passport is more expensive when compared to the 32 pages Nigerian passport. The Nigerian Immigration Service also said that there will be an additional ₦2,000 charge for Address Verification.
This fee is compulsory for all applicants regardless of age, category, or types.
The government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has launched a new international passport with longer validity and enhanced security. According to a statement by the NIS spokesman, Sunday James, “the new and the old passports will work simultaneously.”
The 64-Page Passport in Nigeria with 10 years’ validity will cost ₦70,000. While applicants outside the country will have to pay $230. While the 64-Page Passport In Nigeria with 5 years validity will cost ₦35,000.
The 32-Page Nigerian Passport with 5 years’ validity will cost ₦25,000 and $130 if you reside outside the country.
This new passport is made with Polycarbonate technology, the same material used to make unbreakable glass and eyeglass lenses. This allows the new passport to have a better look, enhanced security, shorter processing time, and longer lifespan.
Application Documents For A Nigerian Passport
Before you can apply for an international passport in Nigeria, you must be a recognized Nigerian citizen. If you are not a Nigerian citizen, you can naturalize and apply once your naturalization application is approved.
If you are a Nigerian citizen above 18 years, you must come with the following document to collect your Nigerian passport
- Birth Certificate [Alternative – Age Declaration].
- Completed passport application form.
- 2 passport photographs.
- Letter of identification from Local Government. [Alternatives – State of origin or residence, National Identity Card, Letter of introduction for employees of government as a Nigerian citizen].
- Application form duly signed by a Commissioner for Oaths.
- Marriage certificate [if applicable].
- Passport payment receipt.
If you are a minor, that is a Nigerian citizen below 18 years old, you have to come with these documents along with your passport application form to complete to obtain a Nigerian passport.
- Birth certificate or declaration of age.
- Completed application form.
- Acknowledgment slip.
- 2 passport photographs.
- Local Government Letter of identification.
- Evidence of Nigerian citizenship.
- Letter of consent from either parent.
- Passport payment receipt.
- Court Order [if applicable].
- Letter of approval from the State Ministry of Women and Child Development [If applicable].
- Marriage certificate [if applicable].
How To Apply For Nigerian International Passport Online
To apply for your Nigerian international passport, you’ll have to visit the official website of Nigeria Immigration Service, and click on “PASSPORT”. Alternatively, you can use this link to start your application right away.
Once you are on that page, you need to select the type of passport you want. You either click the STANDARD E-PASSPORT or OFFICIAL E-PASSPORT icon based on the one that meets your preference and then click on the START APPLICATION icon.
Read the instruction carefully, complete the application form on the screen, and upload all the required documents. Once you’ve done that, double-check your details to confirm that your names and details are properly typed, if not, make all due corrections.
Check the I ACCEPT FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS FORM checkbox and click the PRINT button and the SUBMIT APPLICATION button to confirm.
Although you have submitted your application, it will not be processed until your payment has been confirmed.
After that, head to the APPLICANT DETAILS PAGE, click on the PROCEED TO ONLINE PAYMENT to make payment. Once you’re on that page, select your preferred currency and pay.
If you are in Nigeria, select the PAY IN NAIRA option. If you’re abroad, select PAY IN DOLLARS and click CONTINUE to complete your payment. Payment can be made online using your credit or debit card.
You can also make payment for your Nigerian passport in any Nigerian bank nationwide using the serial number on your payment acknowledgment slip.
Choose the currency you want to use for payment (payments can be made in Naira or US Dollars). You can make payments with a credit/debit card or your bank account.
When you select the bank payment option, you’ll be given a list of Nigerian banks you can complete the payment with then click on the CONTINUE button to print your acknowledgment slip and take the slip to the bank to make payment for your passport.
If you choose to pay online, simply click on pay, and you’ll be directed to a secure payment gateway to complete your payment.
Once you pay, you’ll be redirected to the NIS portal to submit your application for processing. If you don’t fill comfortable with paying online, you can take your acknowledgment slip to any bank listed on the website to complete your payment.
Once you complete your payment, you’ll be given a Validation Number by the cashier. Keep it safe, it will be used to confirm your payment when you log on to the NIS portal to submit your application.
Your application will be submitted and processed. It takes 48 hours to process a new application.
How To Apply For Nigerian International Passport Offline
If you prefer to apply for an International passport offline, this avenue is also created by the Nigerian immigration service to help to intend applicants to apply for an international passport.
You’ll have to submit your application through a travel agent in Nigeria.
This process is long and a bit costlier. You should also be careful because some agents are agents of darkness and fraudsters. So be extra careful who you hand over your documents to avoid getting scammed and losing your vital documents.
Nigerian passport validity
Standard international passports are valid for up to ten years, some are valid for just five years. You will also have to renew your international passport once all pages in the document have been used.
Renewal of Nigerian passport
If your passport expires, you’ll have to renew your international passport. If you plan on renewing your Nigerian passport, you’ll need to submit your application with the following documents:
- Application Letter
- Passport Booklet
- Photocopy of Data Page of Passport
- Acknowledgment Slip
- Evidence of Payment
We wish you a safe journey and a comfortable trip. What part of the application process is giving you trouble? Drop a comment below and the team will give you a helping hand ASAP!