5 Types of Nigerian Passport and their requirements

Types of Nigerian Passport
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Do you know that there are different types of passports in Nigeria? To be precise, there are 5 types of Nigerian passports available to every citizen but this is dependent on some factors. Before you apply for a Nigerian Passport, you should know the category you belong to. To know more details about this, then keep reading.

5 Types of Nigerian Passport

These are the 5 types of Nigerian passport issued by the Nigerian Immigration service:

  1. Ordinary Passport (Green Cover)
  2. Diplomatic Passport (Red Cover)
  3. Official Passport (Blue Cover)
  4. Seaman’s Passport (Maroon cover)
  5. Pilgrim Passport (color changes yearly)

Let’s take a look at each other various types of Passports in Nigeria and their requirements

Ordinary Passport

The standard passport is popularly known as the International Passport. This passport type is given to the general public. These normal citizens are not in top government positions, not in the military, government security agencies and parastatals. In short, this passport type is for civilians.

The requirement for the Standard passport is given below;

  1. Guarantor’s form duly signed by a commissioner of oaths plus
  2. Photocopy of; (a) Data page of guarantor’s passport and
  3. Photocopy of National identity card (NIN)
  4. Driver’s License
  5. Father’s Letter of content for minors under 16yrs (Mother’s letter of consent in case of deceased father)
  6. Marriage Certificate where applicable
  7. Husband’s consent letter or
  8. Letter of introduction for employee of government or corporate organization
  9. Court affidavit and police report in case of lost passport.
  10. Birth Certificate or Age declaration
  11. Letter of identification from Local Government of origin or residence
  12. One(1) passport photograph
  13. Acknowledgement slip and receipt of payment

Explanatory Note: No Nigerian is allowed to hold multiple ordinary passports. All ordinary passports have a life span of 10 years with an initial validity of five (5) years.

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Diplomatic Passport

This type of passport is given to people who are diplomats such as ambassadors, consulates and so on

The Requirements for a Diplomatic Passport is given below:

  1. Letter of introduction from applicant’s Ministry, Parastatal or Extra – Ministerial department
  2. 1 Passport photograph

Official Passport

Official Passport is the type given to government officials such as Ministers, Governors, permanent secretaries, Secretary-general of the federation, CBN governor, Army and other military officials. Top police officials, DSS and other government parastatals. This passport type is identified by a blue cover

  1. Requirements for Official Passport
  2. Letter of introduction from applicant’s Ministry, Parastatal or Extra – Ministerial Department duly signed by an officer not below the rank of a Director or
  3. Secretary to State Government in case of an employee of state government
  4. Police report and court affidavit in case of lost passport
  5. One (1) passport photograph.
  6. Acknowledgement slip and receipt of payment

Seaman’s Passport

Seaman’s Passport is the type given to sailors and others who work on the sea or ocean. It is identified by a Maroon Cover.

Requirements for Seaman’s Passport are as follows:

  1. Guarantor’s Details
  2. Guarantor’s from duly signed by a commissioner of oaths
  3. Photocopy of the data page of guarantor’s passport and either
  4. Photocopy of National identity card
  5. Driver’s license.
  6. Birth certificate or age declaration
  7. Letter of identification from the local government of origin or residence
  8. One (1) Passport photograph.
  9. Court affidavit and police report in case of lost passport
  10. Acknowledgement slip and receipt of payment

Pilgrim Passport

Nigerians going on pilgrimages to holy lands such as Mecca and Jerusalem are given these passports. It is only valid for 6 months only. This passport type does not have a stable cover colour due to security reasons.

 

What is a Fresh Passport?

A fresh passport is a term used for when it is your first time applying for a passport. This means that you have never had or owned a Nigerian Passport as a citizen, therefore you wish to apply for a fresh one in whatever category.

 

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