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Every nation of the world enjoys international privilege and benefits, some of which would be discussed in this series.
I bet that most Nigerians do not know the importance of owning a Nigerian passport and thereby underestimate it by nationalizing to other inferior nations to obtain their passport.
What is a Passport ?
A passport is a travel document issued by the government of a particular country to its citizens in order to verify the identity and nationality of the holder for the purpose of international travel.
International passports are small booklets that contain the holder’s name, place of birth, date of birth, the date of issue, date of expiry, passport number, photo and signature.
In layman’s definition, A passport is a document that simply allows you to leave the borders of your country to another country Shikenna !!!!.
Why You need An International Passport As A Nigerian
Just in case you don’t feel the need to get an international passport now this section has been written to properly enlighten your mind..
If you know you fall into this category of people then you need an international passport.
1. International Student.
Are you an aspiring international student seeking to study over seas then you need a passport as soon as possible
2. Leisure Traveller.
Would you love to go on tour or visiting to any other nation of the world.
You cannot travel unless you posses an international passport.
3. Business Traveller.
As a business traveler, that intends to travel all over the world for the sole purpose of business transactions then an international passport is a must get for you.
4. For Identity purposes.
Apart from your national ID card or birth certificates, the only legit document needed for the proof of your identity is your international passport.
Types Of International Passport.
The Nigerian passport is grouped into four types, All are used for various purposes on different occasions.
An epassport stands for electronic passport is a regular passport booklet that contains an electronic chip in the cover. This electronic chip contains the passport holder’s information and also provides an extra layer of security against passport fraud.
2. Ordinary Passport.
The ordinary passport is also known as a regular passport or tourist passport.
This is the type of passport that is issued frequently to citizens of a country and allows for international travel.
This passport is usually valid for 10 years as stated by the Nigerian senate but in most cases you can get the one for 5 years validity.
3. Collective Passport.
As the name implies a collective passport is issued to a group, such as school children or tour groups travelling abroad together.
Lets say basically for excursions and travel tours
4. Official passport.
An official passport is a type of passport that is issued to government employees.
This passport allows officials in the destination country know that the holder is entering the country on official business or representing their country in an official capacity.
5. Emergency passport.
An emergency passport- also known as a temporary passport, is issued when you lost your passport or had it stolen and you don’t have time to apply for a new one.
Applying for an International passport in Nigeria.
Getting sophisticated documents in Nigeria can be very hectic and difficult and i can remember vividly that i personally got my national ID card just after two years of applying and even when they wanted to give me i was given a printed paper slip.
May God give us the right leaders someday that will do the right thing at all cost.
I must confess that getting an international passport in Nigeria can be very trickish and stressfull so i would be very thorough in this article so as to prepare your mind as what to expect.
And once again the readiness of your Nigerian International Passport can only be guaranteed by the centre of application.
You don’t need any wizard to tell you that because of the population in Lagos that is is very hard to get you document ready in about a week.
But in a less populated area like Ogun State or Ibadan you can get it in like lets say two days with God on your side.
Also, following the online procedure on their website and making payments online is just a scam !!! You need to approach the immigration officers yourself and plead with them.
Things are done in a very cunny way in Nigeria. No one is ready to be patriotic in Nigeria .
You have to know how to bend and bribe your way in.
On a normal day an international passport just cost’s about 25k but you will never get it or you will be frustrated.
In my experience you need about 45K to get an international passport including the sorting fee’s to the immigration officers.
I am not asking you to process you international passport with me.
I am just hinting you on how things work here in Nigeria.
Hope you understand.
Here is a full list of documents needed to get your Nigerian international passport.
For adults (18 years and above)
1. Citizens by birth should provide their National ID card or a letter of identification.
2. Citizens by naturalization/registration must provide their Certificate of Naturalization/Registration.
3. A complete the special form design for the international passport.
4. Two standard passport-sized photographs validated by the guarantor.
5. A copy of the guarantor’s ePassport issued in Nigeria
6. A guarantor’s form filled in and also signed by Oaths’ Commissioner.
7. Married applications should provide their official status certificate.
8. Age Declaration or Certificate of birth.
9. Proof of payment.
10. A Birth Certificate
11. A Birth Certificate.
For children (below 18 years).
1. A standard passport-sized photograph signed by one or both parents.
2. A special application form that contains all the required information.
3. The proof of a child parents being the citizens of Nigeria.
4. A birth certificate.
5. Proof of payment.
6. Letter of consent.
7. Court Order document (if the parents are unavailable).
.You can get more detailed on the application process through this link
Visa Free nations For Nigerians.
Going back to the main topic of this article here are the very few countries you can travel to as a Nigerian without the need for Visa.
Below are very few nations that you can visit for free without the hassle of getting a Visa for that country
- Sri Lanka
- Benin republic
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Comoros Island
- Cote d’Ivoire
- Guinea Bissau
- Niger republic
- Sierra Leone
The detail Visa requirements for a very few of them.
Mali is a landlocked country in West Africa. Mali is the eighth-largest country in Africa.
The republic of Mali is completely visa Free To Nigerians.
Ghana, is a country located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, in the sub region of West Africa.
Ghana is bordered by the Ivory Coast in the west, Burkina Faso in the north, Togo in the east and the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean in the south. Ghana means “Warrior King” in the Soninke language.
Ghana is completely visa free to Nigerians.
Liberia is completely visa free to Nigerians
The Republic of Mozambique, is a country located in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west, and Eswatini (Swaziland) and South Africa to the southwest.
Mozambique is visa free for Nigerians till 30 days after arrival.
20. Niger republic.
The Republic of the Niger,is a landlocked country in West Africa named after the Niger River. Niger is bordered by Libya to the northeast, Chad to the east, Nigeria to the south, Benin to the southwest, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, and Algeria to the northwest.
Niger republic is completely Visa free for Nigerians.
the Federal Republic of Somalia is a sovereign country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Guardafui Channel and Somali Sea to the east, and Kenya to the southwest.
Somalia is visa free for Nigerians But only issued on arrival.
The Republic of Guinea , is a west-coastal country in West Africa. Formerly known as French Guinea , the modern country is sometimes referred to as Guinea-Conakry to distinguish it from other countries with “Guinea” in the name and the eponymous region, such as Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea.
Guinea is completely visa Free for Nigerians
17. Cape Verde.
Officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. It forms part of the Macaronesia ecoregion, along with the Azores, Canary Islands, Madeira, and the Savage Isles
Cape verde is visa free for Nigerians but on arrival.
Palau is an archipelago of over 500 islands, part of the Micronesia region in the western Pacific Ocean.
Visa is free for Nigerians till 90 days after arrival.
15. Benin Republic.
The Republic of Benin and formerly Dahomey, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north.
Benin Republic is completely visa free for Nigerians.
Tuvalu, in the South Pacific, is an independent island nation within the British Commonwealth. Its 9 islands comprise small, thinly populated atolls and reef islands with palm-fringed beaches and WWII sites.
Tuvalu is Visa free for Nigerians till 30 days after arrival.
Haiti is a Caribbean country that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic to its east. Though it’s still recovering from a 2010 earthquake, many of Haiti’s landmarks dating to the early 19th century remain intact.
Haiti remains visa free for Nigerians for 90 days.
Togo, a West African nation on the Gulf of Guinea, is known for its palm-lined beaches and hilltop villages.
Koutammakou, inhabited by the Batammariba people, is a traditional settlement of fortresslike clay huts dating to the 17th century.
Togo is completely visa free for Nigerians.
11. Uganda .
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria.
Uganda is visa free for Nigerians till arrival data.
Mauritius is an small Island located in East Africa It’s capital is Port Louis. As a Nigerian you need no visa to Travel to Mauritius until after 90 Days after arrival.
Maldives is an Island located in Asia.
You also get to visit Maldives With no visa until 90 days after arrival
Kenya, located in East Africa is visa free for Nigerians but visa is a must after 90 days of arrival.
Caribbean nation located in North America is visa free for .
Dominica is visa free for Nigerians till after 21 days.
6. Fiji .
Fiji is located on the outskirt of Australia and New Zealand to the very far east of Africa. Fiji is Visa free for Nigerians till after Four Months of arrival
Iran also called Persia is located in the western part of Asia, though this nation may have been on the brink of collapse with civil unrest and war, Iran is Visa Free for Nigerians till after 15 days after arrival.
The Seychelles is an island located in eastern Africa with numerous Islands and beautiful mountain and peaks. Seychelles is Visa Free to Nigerians till after one year of operation
Bangladesh is a country located in Eastern India. Bangladesh is Visa Free for Nigerians up to a month.
Also an east African Country with capital located in Dodoma. Tanzania is Visa Free for Nigerians, visa is issued on arrival.
Barbados is an Eastern common wealth nation located in the Caribbean region of North America. Visa is Free for Nigerians till 6 months after arrival.
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