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New Nigeria international passport to cost N70,000 – Immigration

Valentine Chinyem

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Registration and the issuance of the newly launched Nigerian international passport would cost N70,000.

This was made known on Monday by the spokesman of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr. Sunday James, who said the agency will commence issuance of the new international passport from Monday, March 4 2019 in Abuja.

According to him, the issuance of the passport will commence in Ikoyi in Lagos on March 25, Kano on April 1, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos on April 8 and London, United Kingdom April 15.

He said the phase two multiple rollout in New York, Washington, and Atlanta, USA would follow immediately after London on April 22; while other locations, local and abroad, would follow in sequence from April 29.

More so, the NIS spokesman noted that the existing passport booklet will run concurrently with the new enhanced passport booklet until the former expires.

According to James, the advantages of the new passport includes its 10-year validity, self-tracking of application and express centres for urgent application.

Other advantages he said included weather friendliness, compliance with latest ICAO standard, polycarbonate technology that reduces the incidence of damage as well saves Nigerians in the Diaspora time of frequent visits to Nigerian Embassies.

He, however, urged “Nigerians to take advantage of the reforms, avoid patronising third party or touts and utilise the online platforms provided by the service for their passport application.”