International Passport In Nigeria

How To Apply For International Passport In Nigeria

This is a detailed guide on how to apply for International Passport in Nigeria.

It is the dream of most Nigerians to travel out of the country. The need to travel out of the country might be for business, tourism, education or to visit a family member or friend in a foreign country.

Whichever reason you may have, traveling out of Nigeria is only possible when you have a valid Nigerian international passport.

Hence, in this guide, I will show you the types of international passports in Nigeria, requirements for Nigerian international passport, how to get a new Nigerian international passport, and how to apply for an international passport in Nigeria.

Nigerian International Passport

An international passport is a formal document or certification issued by the government of a country, showing that the holder of the document is a citizen of its country and has the right to be protected in his country of destination whilst also having the right to return to the country where he is a citizen.

The international passport is a small booklet containing information like the holder’s name, date of birth, photo for identification, signature, the passport’s issue date, and date of expiry.

The Nigerian passport provides an opportunity for a Nigerian to enjoy their travels outside the country, avoiding an embarrassing situation with the authorities of the country you travel to.

With a Nigerian international passport, you can travel and explore anywhere in the world provided you have the correct visa.

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Many countries require people traveling into their country to obtain a visa, which is an approval on the passport showing that it has been examined by the relevant authorities and its holder is free to proceed.

With this visa, the holder of the passport is allowed to remain in the country for a specific period of time.

The Nigerian international passport is however different from the Economic Community Of West African State (ECOWAS) passport which only allows free entry into the 15 ECOWAS member nations.

Ordinary Nigerian citizens are required to apply for the standard e-passport (green cover) while government officials and Nigerian diplomats should possess the official e-passport (blue cover).

A 32-page Nigerian passport is issued to people who do not travel very often while it is advisable to apply for a 64-page passport if you are required to travel very regularly outside Nigeria.

Types of International Passport In Nigeria

There are different types of international passports in Nigeria, depending on the purpose of traveling.

They include:

1. Standard Passport

The Standard passport is for the general public in Nigeria, for international travel.

2. Diplomatic Passport

Diplomatic passport is issued to protocol officers in government and Government ambassadors.

3. Official Passport

Official passport is issued to government officials to show that they are in a country for official purposes or representing the country in a certain capacity.

4. Seamans Passport

A seaman passport is issued to Sailors.

5. Pilgrims Passport

A passport issued to Pilgrims in Nigeria.

Requirements For International Passport in Nigeria

To apply for a Standard International Passport in Nigeria, there are certain required documents that you must possess.

The required documents differ if you are applying for a Fresh (First) Passport or a Re-Issuance of Passport.

New (Fresh) Passport Application is those who have not applied for a Nigerian international passport before, and are applying for the first time.

While Re-Issuance of Passport is for those who already had a passport but want a new one for any of the following reasons:

  • Renewal of Passport
  • Exhausted Visa Pages
  • Damaged Passport
  • Lost Passport
  • Change of name due to change of Marital Status
  • Change of Data due to Error

Fresh Nigerian Passport Application Requirements

The requirements for applying for a fresh international passport in Nigeria are different for those who are citizens of Nigeria either by Birth, Naturalization, or Registration.

Below are the requirements for applying for a fresh international passport in Nigeria.

Citizenship By Birth

Adult (18 years and above)

1. A Letter or certificate of identification from your Local Government, or State of origin or residence. Or for a government employee, a letter of introduction as a Nigerian citizen stating Service Number, Length of Service, and Designation/Rank.

The letter must come with a valid staff identity card.

2. Completed passport application form and 2 passports sized photographs, signed at back by the Guarantor

3. The completed Guarantor’s form (with a photocopy of the data page of Guarantor’s Nigerian e-passport and a passport-size photograph of the Guarantor)

4. Marriage certificate (If needed).

5. Birth Certificate or Age Declaration

6. Acknowledgement slip and proof of payment

Minor (under 18 years of age)

1. Completed passport application form attached with 1 passport photograph of minor to be signed on the reverse side by the consenting parent/s.

2. Evidence of Nigerian citizenship of parent/s;

3. Birth certificate

4. Letter of consent from either parent;

5. Acknowledgement slip and proof of payment

If the child was adopted, a valid court order and letter of approval from the State Ministry of Women and Child Development are required.

Citizenship By Naturalization

1. Certificate of Naturalization issued by the President of Nigeria

2. Completed passport application form and 2 passports photographs, signed at back by the Guarantor

3. The completed Guarantors’ form signed by a Commissioner for Oaths attached with Photocopy of Data page of Guarantor’s Nigerian ePassport and one passport photograph of the Guarantor

4. Marriage certificate (If needed).

5. Birth Certificate or Age Declaration

6. Acknowledgement slip and proof of payment

Citizenship By Registration

1. Certificate of Registration issued by the President of Nigeria

2. Completed passport application form and 2 passports sized photographs, signed at back by the Guarantor

3. The completed Guarantor’s form (with a photocopy of the data page of Guarantor’s Nigerian e-passport and a passport-size photograph of the Guarantor)

4. Marriage certificate (If needed).

5. Birth Certificate or Age Declaration

6. Acknowledgement slip and proof of payment

Re-Issuance of International Passport In Nigerian Requirements

Below is the requirement for the re-issuance of a Nigerian passport.

Requirements For Renewal of Nigerian International Passport

Expired Validity

  • Application Letter;
  • Passport Booklet;
  • Photocopy of Data Page of Passport;
  • Acknowledgment slip and proof of payment

Unexpired Validity

  • Application Letter;
  • Passport Booklet;
  • If Validity is more than 6 Months, Applicant should state reason
  • Photocopy of Data Page of Passport;
  • Acknowledgment slip and proof of payment

Exhausted Visa Pages

  • Application Letter
  • Passport Booklet
  • Photocopies of Data Page
  • Acknowledgment slip and proof of payment

Damaged Passport

  • Application Letter stating circumstances of Damage
  • Damaged Passport Booklet
  • Photocopies of Data Page
  • Sworn Affidavit from a Magistrate or High Court of damaged passport deposed to by the applicant
  • Acknowledgment slip and proof of payment

Lost Passport

  • Application Letter stating circumstances/place of loss
  • Extract of Police Report of Lost Passport
  • In case of loss due to a fire outbreak, Fire Service Report is mandatory
  • Sworn Affidavit from a Magistrate or High Court of lost passport deposed to by applicant and applicant’s passport photo attached
  • Acknowledgment slip and proof of payment

Please note that after a passport has been reissued, and the lost passport was later found, the holder must inform the Nigeria Immigration Service that the passport has been found, and subsequently submit passport for cancellation.

Change of name due to change of Marital Status

Married

  1. Application Letter;
  2. Copy of Marriage Certificate or Declaration of Marriage;
  3. Sworn Affidavit from a Magistrate or High Court of Change of Name deposed to by Applicant;
  4. Copy of Newspaper Publication of Change of Name (21 days after publication);
  5. Statutory evidence of change of name (if resident outside Nigeria in lieu of iii and iv);
  6. Passport Booklet and Copy of Data Page of Passport;
  7. Acknowledgment slip and proof of payment

Divorced

  1. Application Letter
  2. Decree Nisi and Decree Absolute or Declaration of Divorce
  3. Evidence of Maiden Name
  4. In case of Re-marriage, Certificate of Marriage with Current Spouse
  5. Sworn Affidavit from a Magistrate or High Court of Change of Name deposed to by Applicant;
  6. Copy of Newspaper Publication of Change of Name (21 days after publication)
  7. Statutory evidence of change of name (if resident outside Nigeria in lieu of v and vi)
  8. Passport Booklet and Copy of Data Page of passport.
  9. Acknowledgment slip and proof of payment

Widowed

  1. Application Letter;
  2. Certificate of Death of spouse from National Population Commission (NPC);
  3. Evidence of Maiden Name;
  4. In case of Re-marriage, Certificate of Marriage with Current Spouse;
  5. Sworn Affidavit from a Magistrate or High Court of Change of Name deposed to by Applicant;
  6. Copy of Newspaper Publication of Change of Name (21 days after publication);
  7. Statutory evidence of change of name (if resident outside Nigeria in lieu of v and vi);
  8. Passport Booklet and Copy of Data Page of passport;
  9. Acknowledgement Slip & Evidence of Payment.

Change of Data due to Error

Due to Correction of Error(s)

  1. Application Letter stating the reason(s) for change;
  2. If more than one [1] alphabet, attach evidence of payment of non-refundable Administrative Charge of N30,000.00 only;
  3. Previous documentary evidence to support request;
  4. Sworn Affidavit from a Magistrate or High Court of correction of error, deposed to by Applicant;
  5. Passport Booklet and Copy of Data Page;
  6. Acknowledgement Slip & Evidence of Payment of passport fees if the application is approved;

Others

  • Replacement of names
  • Addition of names
  • Deletion of names
  • Rearrangement of names
  1. Application Letter stating reasons for the request and attached with evidence of payment of non-refundable Administrative Charge of N30,000.00 only
  2. Previous documentary evidence to support the request
  3. Sworn Affidavit from a Magistrate or High Court of Change of Name deposed to by Applicant with passport photograph attached
  4. Copy of Newspaper Publication of Change of name 21 days after the publication
  5. Passport Booklet and Copy of Data Page of passport
  6. Acknowledgement Slip & Evidence of Payment of passport fees if the application is approved

How Much is International Passport in Nigeria

Below are the fees to obtain an International passport in Nigeria.

Cost of Fresh Nigerian International Passport

Below is the cost of applying for an international passport in Nigeria for the first time.

CATEGORIES 32 PAGE BOOKLETS 64 PAGE BOOKLETS
AGE (0 to 17 years) AGE (18 to 59 years) AGE (60 years and above)
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

Cost Of Renewal of Nigerian International Passport

Below is the cost of renewal of an international passport in Nigeria.

Expired Validity
CATEGORIES 32 PAGE BOOKLETS 64 PAGE BOOKLETS
AGE (0 to 17 years) AGE (18 to 59 years) AGE (60 years and above)
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
Unexpired Validity
CATEGORIES 32 PAGE BOOKLETS 64 PAGE BOOKLETS
AGE (0 to 17 years) AGE (18 to 59 years) AGE (60 years and above)
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

Cost Of Replacement Of Damaged Nigerian International Passport

Below is the cost for replacing a damaged international passport in Nigeria

CATEGORIES 32 PAGE BOOKLETS 64 PAGE BOOKLETS
AGE (0 to 17 years) AGE (18 to 59 years) AGE (60 years and above)
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

Cost Of Replacement Of Lost Nigerian International Passport

Below is the cost for replacing a lost international passport in Nigeria.

CATEGORIES 32 PAGE BOOKLETS 64 PAGE BOOKLETS
AGE (0 to 17 years) AGE (18 to 59 years) AGE (60 years and above)
Passport Booklet Fee ₦20,000 ₦20,000 ₦20,000 ₦20,000
Address Verification Fee ₦2,000 ₦2,000 ₦2,000 ₦2,000
 TOTAL ₦22,000 ₦22,000 ₦22,000 ₦22,000

Cost Of Replacement Of A Nigerian International Passport Due To Marital Status Change

Below is the cost of replacing an International Passport In Nigeria due to change of marital status.

Married
CATEGORIES 32 PAGE BOOKLETS 64 PAGE BOOKLETS
AGE (0 to 17 years) AGE (18 to 59 years) AGE (60 years and above)
Passport Booklet Fee  ₦15,000 ₦15,000 ₦15,000 ₦20,000
Address Verification Fee  ₦2,000  ₦2,000 ₦2,000 ₦2,000
 TOTAL  ₦17,000 ₦17,000 ₦17,000 ₦22,000
Divorced
CATEGORIES 32 PAGE BOOKLETS 64 PAGE BOOKLETS
AGE (0 to 17 years) AGE (18 to 59 years) AGE (60 years and above)
Passport Booklet Fee ₦15,000 ₦15,000 ₦15,000 ₦20,000
Address Verification Fee  ₦2,000  ₦2,000 ₦2,000 ₦2,000
 TOTAL ₦17,000 ₦17,000 ₦17,000 ₦22,000
Widowed
CATEGORIES 32 PAGE BOOKLETS 64 PAGE BOOKLETS
AGE (0 to 17 years) AGE (18 to 59 years) AGE (60 years and above)
Passport Booklet Fee ₦15,000 ₦15,000 ₦15,000 ₦20,000
Address Verification Fee  ₦2,000  ₦2,000 ₦2,000 ₦2,000
 TOTAL ₦17,000 ₦17,000 ₦17,000 ₦22,000

Cost Of Replacement Of A Nigerian International Passport Due  Correction Of Errors

Below is the cost of replacing a Nigerian international passport due to correction of errors.

One Alphabet

Administrative Charge (Not applicable)

CATEGORIES 32 PAGE BOOKLETS 64 PAGE BOOKLETS
AGE (0 to 17 years) AGE (18 to 59 years) AGE (60 years and above)
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
Two or more Alphabets

Administrative Charge (₦30,000)

CATEGORIES 32 PAGE BOOKLETS 64 PAGE BOOKLETS
AGE (0 to 17 years) AGE (18 to 59 years) AGE (60 years and above)
Passport Booklet Fee ₦20,000 ₦20,000 ₦20,000 ₦20,000
Address Verification Fee ₦2,000 ₦2,000 ₦2,000 ₦2,000
 TOTAL ₦22,000 ₦22,000 ₦22,000 ₦22,000

How To Apply For A Nigerian International Passport

You can apply for an International passport in Nigeria either online or offline and at the end of the process, you will receive a hard copy of your Nigerian passport.

How to Apply For Nigerian International Passport Online

To begin your application for a Nigerian international passport online, follow the steps below.

1. To begin your application for a new Nigerian international passport visit the Nigerian immigration passport registration portal via any of the appropriate links below:

New Passport Registration: portal.immigration.gov.ng/passport/epassport

The new passport link is for those who have never applied for Nigerian International Passport before.

Passport Renewal: portal.immigration.gov.ng/passport/epassport/ptype/1By1C

Re-Issueannce of Lost/Stolen or Damaged Passport: portal.immigration.gov.ng/passport/changeDetails/cid/1Dpw

For Change of Data Due to Change in Marital Status: portal.immigration.gov.ng/passport/changeDetails/cid/w/creason/1Bw1B

For Correction Of Data (COD): https://portal.immigration.gov.ng/passport/changeDetails/cid/1Ar1Il1L

2. Select the type of passport

3. Select the country to be processed

4. Complete the application form

5. Upload scanned copies of required documents

6. Select your preferred payment method

7. Click ‘submit’ after payment has been made

After this is done, you will be given an Application ID and Reference Number. Also, remember to Print out Guarantor’s form and have it certified by the guarantor

How to Apply For Nigerian International Passport Offline

If you prefer applying for your Nigerian International passport offline, you could employ the services of an agent in Nigeria.

This would incur additional costs from the agent. It is important to get a trusted agent to avoid getting caught in fraud scams or your documents getting missing during the application process.

However, whether you apply for your international passport online or through an agent, you are still required to appear in person for your interview at your selected immigration office with your required documents.

How Long Does It Take To Get An International Passport In Nigeria?

Application for a new Nigerian international passport in Nigerian takes about 48 hours or up to a month in some cases.

This is why it is advisable to apply ahead of time. The Nigerian international passport is also valid for 5 years and you can only renew your passport once all the available pages have been used up.

However, below is a breakdown of how long it takes to process an International passport in Nigeria.

Category Timeline Processing Time
Fresh Application 48 hours after enrolment of Biometric Data
Re-Issuance of Passport
Renewal(Expired Validity) 72 hours after enrolment of Biometric Data
Renewal(Unexpired Validity) 72 hours after enrolment of Biometric Data
Exhausted Visa Pages 72 hours after enrolment of Biometric Data
Damaged Visa 72 hours after enrolment of Biometric Data
Lost Passport 72 hours after enrolment of Biometric Data 10 Working days after receipt of application
Change of Data
Change of name due to change of marital status (Married/ Divorced/Widowed) 72 hours after enrolment of Biometric Data 5 working days after receipt of application
Due to Correction of Errors 72 hours after enrolment of Biometric Data 10 working days after receipt of application
Others
Replacement of Names

Addition of names

Deletion of names

Re-arrangement of names

 

72 hours after enrolment of Biometric Data

 

10 working days after receipt of application

Addresses Of All Passport Offices In Nigeria

If you wish to visit the Nigerian passport office close to you either for complaints, inquiries, application of a new Nigerian international passport, or renewal, this section will guide you.

The table below contains the addresses of all passport offices in Nigeria.

State Address of passport office
Abia state Passport office, No. 72, School Road, Umuahia.
Federal Capital Territory Passport Office, Nigeria Immigration Headquarters, Airport Road, Sauka, Abuja.

Passport Office, Old Secretariat Road, Gwagwalada, Abuja.

Adamawa state Passport Office, Federal Secretariat Complex, Yola
Akwa Ibom state Passport Office, Federal Secretariat, Abak Road, Uyo.
Anambra state Passport Office, Command Headquarters, Akwa.
Bauchi state Passport Office, Federal Secretariat, Bauchi.
Bayelsa state Passport Office, Road Safety Road, Yenogoa.
Benue state Passport Office, No. 6, Kashim Ibrahim Road, GRA, Makurdi.
Borno state Passport Office, Off Bama Road, Maiduguri.
Cross river state Passport Office, No. 2, Otuansa Street, Opposite Airport, Calabar.
Delta state Passport Office, Command Headquarters, Ogwashiku Road, Asaba.
Ebonyi state Passport Office, No. 2, Afor Esuna Road,Abakaliki.
Edo state Passport Office, Command Headquarters, Ikpoba Hill, Benin City.
Ekiti state Passport Office, Km. 5, Afe Babalola Road, Ado-Ekiti.
Enugu state Passport Office, Federal Secretariat, Ogui Layout, Enugu.
Gombe state Passport Office, Immigration Barracks, Bauchi Road, Gombe.
Imo state Passport Office, Federal Secretariat, Onitsha Road, Owerri.
Jigawa state Passport Office, Old State Secretariat, Dutse.
Kaduna state Passport Office, Independence Way, Kaduna.
Kano state Passport Office, By Farm Settlement, Off Maiduguri Road, Kano

Passport Office, Amana City, Kombotso Area, Zaria Road, Kano

Katsina state Passport Office, Hassan Usman Road, Katsina.
Kebbi state Passport Office, By new Government House, Argungu Road, Brini Kebbi.
Kogi state Passport Office, Off Mount Patti Road, Lokoja.
Kwara state Passport Office, Federal Secretariat, Fate Road, Ilorin.
Lagos state Ikoyi Passport Office, Alagbon Close, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Alausa Passport Office, Asbiffi Road, Near State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.

Festac Passport Office, 3rd, Avenue, A Close, Festac Town, Lagos.

Nasarawa state Passport Office, Lafia-Makurdi Road, LGA Secretariat, Lafia-Makurdi.
Niger state Passport Office, Old State Secretariat, Minna.
Ogun state Passport Office,

Old Party Secretariat,

Near the Governor’s office,

Oke Mosan,

Abeokuta.

Passport Office, nGRA, Sagamu,

Ondo state Passport Office, Federal Secretariat Complex, Akure.
Osun state Passport Office, Gbongan Road, Osogbo.
Oyo state Passport Office,Agodi Gate Area,Agodi,Ibadan.
Plateau state Passport Office, Federal Secretariat Complex, Jos.
Rivers state Passport Office, Federal Secretariat, Abak Road, Port Harcourt.
Sokoto state Passport Office, Federal Secretariat Complex, Sokoto.
Taraba state Passport Office, Mile 6, Jalingo-Numan Road, Jalingo.
Yobe state Passport Office, Gashua Road, Near Federal Secretariat, Damaturu.
Zamfara state Passport Office, Near Government House, Gusau.

That is all on how to apply for international passport in Nigeria.

I hope this guide helps?

 

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