Nigeria to Open Passport Offices in Hotels, Banks
The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Interior, has announced plans to open up to 1,000 passport processing offices in bank branches and hotels across the country.
The ministry said this will enable speed up the issuance of the travel document and will help reduce hardships and frustrations experienced by passport applicants who wait in long queues to facilitate their passport issuance.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola who was represented at the October breakfast of the Nigeria-South Africa Chamber of Commerce in Lagos, noted that this will increase the number of passport offices in the country from the current 50.
He said the plan to open more processing offices will also lead to the introduction of premium lounges for expedited passport services across the country for which Nigerians seeking to own or renew their passports will be expected to pay a fee.
The Nigeria Immigration Service reveals that approved fees for the passports are as follows: a 32-page five-year standard passport sells for N25,000 or $130 (for overseas applicants), a 64-page five-year standard passport for N35,000 or $150 (for overseas applicants), and a 64-page 10-year standard passport at N70,000 or $230 (for overseas applicants). These fees however exclude bank charges.