So, you’re planning a trip abroad? Congratulations! Before you can jet off to far-flung lands, however, there’s one more small detail, one of the most important details that you need to take care of: your passport. If you’re traveling to a foreign country, then you’ll need an international passport. But how much does one cost in Nigeria?

The answer to this question isn’t as straightforward as it may seem. A lot of factors go into determining the cost of an international passport in Nigeria. In this article, we’ll take a look at all the elements that influence the price, from application fees to processing times.

Overview of Nigerian Passport

Getting a Nigerian passport is something that Nigerians have to do if they wish to travel outside of their home country. The cost of the passport can vary depending on several factors, such as the type of passport you need (standard, diplomatic, or official), how quickly you need the processing to be done, and the number of pages you want.

In addition to these fees, there are other costs associated with getting a Nigerian passport. These include visa fees for countries that require visas and any fees associated with taking passport photographs.

Types of E-Passports Provided by the NIS

In Nigeria, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) provides two types of E-passports, namely:

Standard e-passports (with a green cover)

Standard e-passports are the most common and are available to any Nigerian citizen who can prove their identity and nationality. It is important to note that this type of passport does not allow for visa-free travel to certain countries.

Official e-passports (with a blue cover)

Diplomatic and official e-passports are available to individuals who are traveling abroad for official business, such as diplomats and government officials. This type of passport can be used for visa-free travel to certain countries.

Physical submission at NIS offices was previously the most common method of applying for a Nigerian passport. Your Nigerian passport application can now be processed online. If you’re a Nigerian citizen residing abroad, you can easily apply for your Nigerian passport online rather than visiting a Nigerian consulate.

No matter which type of passport you require, it is important to note that the price may vary depending on the current exchange rate. Once you have paid the fees and submitted all the required documents, processing time can take anywhere from two weeks to 2 months, depending on the backlog of applications.

How Much Is an International Passport in Nigeria?

When it comes to getting an international passport in Nigeria, there are a few factors that come into play when it comes to the cost. How much you’ll need to spend depends largely on the type of passport you’re getting and how quickly you’ll need it.

The registration and issuance of the new foreign passport would cost N70,000, according to an announcement made by Nigeria Immigration Service, on Monday, March 4, 2019.

The following advantages are provided by the new International passport:

Up to 10-year validity period

Self-tracking of visa applications


Enhanced durability with polycarbonate technology

According to the number of pages and length of validity, the following are the current official prices for the Nigerian international passport:

64-page Nigeria International Passport (10 years validity) costs N70,000

64-page Nigeria International Passport (5 years validity) costs N35,000

32-page Nigeria International Passport (5 years validity) costs N25,000

Unfortunately, getting an international passport at these official fees is practically unattainable for the average Nigerian. Currently, Nigerians who want a passport must pay the following unofficial fees:

64-page Nigeria International Passport (10 years validity) costs N150,000 – N250,000

64-page Nigeria International Passport (5 years validity) costs N80,000 – N150,000

32-page Nigeria International Passport (5 years validity) costs N60,000 – N100,000

Your location, your level of “connection,” and how quickly you need your passport to be completed and ready for pickup are just a few of the variables that will affect how much you pay for your passport.

It’s important to note that all fees related to passports are subject to change without prior notice and may differ from one state or region to another.

Requirements for International Passport in Nigeria

Have you ever wondered what it would take to get an international passport in Nigeria? You’ll need a few documents to get the process started and be prepared for a few fees too.

Standard Passports

Local Government letter of identification.

Birth certificate/age declaration.

2 recent colour passport photographs

Guarantor’s form sworn to before a commissioner of Oaths / Magistrate / High Court Judge

Parent’s letter of consent for minors under 16 years

Marriage certificate, where applicable

Police report in case of lost passport

Submit application with supporting documents to passport office / Embassy / High Commission

Official Passports

Letter of introduction from appropriate State Government, Federal Government Ministry / Organization.

Marriage certificate, where applicable

Police report in case of lost passport

Letter of appointment / last promotion

Submit application with supporting documents to passport office / Embassy / High Commission

Getting your international passport in Nigeria is achievable but will require some time and money spent on paperwork and fees. Make sure that all documents are complete before applying and that you have the funds available for all payments due. Once everything is completed correctly and paid for, it should be smooth sailing from there.

How to Apply for a Nigerian International Passport Online

Did you know you can apply for a Nigerian international passport online?

Having an international passport is a great investment, one that could take you to amazing places around the world. Fortunately, applying and paying for your Nigerian International Passport Is quick, easy, and secure. Here’s how:

Visit the website of Nigeria Immigration.

Locate & click on the application form to start the process.

Select the passport type “Standard e-Passport” OR “Official e-Passport,” then click on “Start Application.”

Fill out the Application form; check the “I ACCEPT FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS FORM” check box, then click the “PRINT” to print the filled form.

Submit your application and view the “Applicant details page.”

Click on “Proceed to Online Payment”

To select Payment Currency, click “Pay in Naira” or “Pay in Dollars” option, then Click on the “Continue” button.

Then select the payment method. You can either pay with your credit or debit card.

If you intend to pay through a Credit/Debit card, select “Credit/Debit card” and click continue. You will be required to fill in your login credentials.

After filling in, click the “Login” button, and you will be sent to the payment portal.

To proceed with the payment, click the “PAY” button.

Payment portal displays application details; click on the “Continue” button.

You will be taken to the “Value Card” payment page, provide your card information & Click “OK.”

After payment, the bank will issue an ‘approved payment platform provider’ receipt that contains a “Validation Number.” You will need this “Validation Number” for confirmation of payment on the portal.

Save it and use it to confirm the payment. You can also print a receipt by clicking the “Print the Receipt” button.

If you choose to pay at a bank, follow the following steps:

If you selected the option to pay at a bank, select “Bank,”

Click Continue and view the list of participating banks and then click on ‘Continue.’

You will be notified to click the button “Print Acknowledgment.” The acknowledgment slip comprises the Transaction ID, Application ID & Reference Number.

You can take this to the participating bank and make the necessary payment.

If you are outside Nigeria, follow these steps:

If you reside outside Nigeria and you have selected a processing country other than Nigeria, your payment will be in US Dollars. You will be redirected to an approved payment platform to complete your application and make your payment in US Dollars.

After payment, you can take your receipt with the validation number to the NIS portal for confirmation of payment. You can follow the steps below:

Go to “Query your Application Payment Status” and enter your Passport Application ID and Reference Number.

If a “Validation Number” field appears, enter the number from your ‘approved payment platform provider’ receipt. Remember: The validation Number has been generated after payment through the Bank also.

Click the “Search Record” button, and you will be sent to the “Applicant’s Details” page, where a date for your interview has been generated.

You can now print a Receipt or an Acknowledgement Slip by using the buttons on this page. Note that, You will need them for your interview.

You will be presented with your NIS e-receipt or Acknowledgement Slip in a new window. Click on the “Print” button to send a copy to the printer.

That’s it! You can now have a valid Nigerian international passport that will allow you to travel around the world.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Nigerian International Passport After Applying Online?

After your biometric information is collected, the passport typically takes about 48 hours to process. Because the application process occasionally takes up to a month or two, you should start early. It is advisable to apply at least four months before you need to leave Nigeria.

Frequently Asked Questions

When it comes to getting an international passport in Nigeria, there are a few common questions that pop up:

What is an international passport?

An international passport is an official document issued by the government that allows its holder to travel outside of the country. The passport confirms your identity and nationality, allowing you to travel and enter other countries where necessary.

How long is an international passport valid?

Most international passports issued in Nigeria are valid for 10 years, though the actual validity can vary depending on the type of passport you are applying for. You should check with the Nigerian Immigration Service before applying to make sure you get all the necessary information.

Can I renew my international passport?

Yes, you can renew your international passport when it nears expiration. Depending on where you live, you may be able to do this online or through an in-person office visit. Be sure to check with your local Nigerian Immigration Service office for more details on how to go about this process.


In conclusion, applying for an international passport in Nigeria can be a costly but necessary endeavor. It is important to be aware of the cost, the requirements, and the timeline involved in the application process. It is also important to be aware of the various ways to expedite the process, such as using an expediting service. Ultimately, the cost and process of obtaining an international passport in Nigeria is worth it for those who wish to travel abroad.



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