Nigeria introduces 64-page passports for frequent travellers

Posted: February 26, 2014 in travel & tourism

fascinating nigeriaThe Federal Government Tuesday announced the introduction of a new 64-page passport booklet for frequent Nigerian travellers, just as it also hiked the processing charge for the document by as much as 50 per cent.

In a circular titled “Passport Reforms” and distributed to the ACG Passports, Nigerian Missions abroad, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others, government hiked fee for fresh applicants while fees renewals however explained that the new format does not invalidate the existing 32-page travel document.

The circular dated February 17 and signed by Muhammad Babandede, Deputy Comptroller in charge of Operations/Passport, also carried government approval for the new charges.

The 64-page passport is designed for frequent travellers and will cost N20,000. Passport for applicants whose ages fall below 18 years is N8,750 while those between 18-60 years will pay N15,000, an increase of N5,000. Applicants above 60 years will pay N8,500.

According to the circular, female applicants who apply for change of name as a result of marriage/divorce or deceased spouse will pay N8,750. While processing fee for request for change of data will cost N30,000.

Minister of interior Abba Moro, according to the circular has directed passport officers across the country to ‘ clear all pending passport application with regard to loss of passport or change of data where payment have already been made latest by 28 February.’

The circular said all the payments will be made online except the N30,000 processing fee for the change of data which will be made through a dedicated bank account that will be supplied by the service.

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