You should apply for a new passport at least 6 months before your current passport expires. This is because many countries will only permit you to enter if your passport is valid for at least six months after you leave that country. As passports are printed in Ireland you should allow 8-10 weeks for your new passport to arrive. Be aware that many countries require that visitors' passports are valid for at least 6 months after the visitor leaves the country.
Pay attention to the number of blank visa pages in your passport. If you are a frequent traveller to countries where a visa is required, then you should apply for a new passport before you reach the last few blank visa page.
If you are renewing your passport, you are over 18 and are not changing any of the details recorded in your passport you should apply using our Online Passport Application Service.
If you live outside of Nigeria, you can send us a pre-paid DHL envelope and we will send an application form to you. Contact us on +234 9462 0611 for details.
If you live in Nigeria, then you must complete your passport application in person at the Embassy in Abuja or the Honorary Consulate in Lagos. Contact us on +234 9462 0611 for details.
The person who witnesses you signature and confirms your identity must, without exception, be a member of one of the following professions and must not be related to you. Retired witnesses are not acceptable. The witness must come with you in person to the Embassy or to the Honorary Consulate in Lagos. The following witnesses are accepted:
The above professions may also witness the consent of parents on a child's passport application (section 7 of the form). Again, the witness must come to the Embassy/Consulate in person and bring the proof of their profession and their official stamp. Contact us on +234 9462 0611 for details.
There is an Embassy charge of the Nigerian naira equivalent of €40 for certifying that the witness and the applicant have signed in the presence of an Embassy or Consulate officer.
If you are living in Nigeria:
If you are living in Ghana:
If you are living in Senegal, Chad or elsewhere in West Africa:
If you don’t make sure the witness signs, writes the form number and stamps on the back of two photos, you’ll have to submit a new application form and photos.
The photos should show a close up of your face and the top of your shoulders so that your face takes up between 70% and 80% of the frame
Infants or very young children who can’t support themselves should be photographed lying down on a plain, white surface.
No one else should appear in the photo, so make sure that hands or arms used to support the child are not visible.
If you have a disability that prevents you meeting all of these requirements, contact us and we can advise you.
You can only apply for a passport in the country in which you are habitually resident. This also applies to your children - applications must be submitted in the country in which the children reside. If the child's father is in Ireland, but the child is in Nigeria then the application must be made in Nigeria.
If you have lost your passport, before applying for a new passport you must submit a stamped police report and a Sworn Affidavit executed at the High Court which explains how the passport was lost or stolen. When applying for your new passport please bring these two documents along with three different pieces of photographic identification (such as Permanent Voter's Card, driver's licence or Nigerian passport) and three different proofs of address (such as utility bills or bank statements).
If you need to travel urgently, we may be in a position to issue an Emergency Travel Certificate (ETC). ETCs are not issued to anyone under 18 years old or to anyone who has already reported one passport as lost or stolen. Contact us for more information on 09 462 0611.