Nigerian government to extend international passport validity to 10 years

Photo credit: today.ng
Photo credit: today.ng

The Buhari administration is considering extending validity period for international passports from its current five to 10 years, the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service has said.

Muhammad Babandede told reporters in his office on Saturday that Nigerians should expect an announcement on the policy changes in the coming months.

“We have submitted a memo to the president and we believe we’ll get a positive response to that soon,” Mr. Babandede said.

The immigration chief said the review was the government’s response to several months of complaints from Nigerians and other foreign elements who said the five-year validity period is too short.

Citizens demanded that the NIS should reverse to the old policy that Nigeria had in place before 2007. Back then, the Nigerian passport was valid for 10 years with additional five years validity for renewal.

“We have received complaints that passports only take five years,” Mr. Babandede said. “The international community is not happy, wondering why passports will only be five years.”

“They’re saying it should be 10 years and we’re already considering that. We need to make sure that we have age validity expansion.”

He said the current validity period was unnecessary for people above 18 years because they’re already fully grown and rarely wear a totally different look.

“For example, in some places in the world, they say if you’re below the age of 18, you can have five-year validity passport. But if you’re above the age of 18, you can have 10-year validity because your physical features may not change again within 10 years,” Mr. Babandede said.

The Nigerian government implemented a downward review of international passports from 10 to five years when the country adopted the e-passport with multi-level security model on July 27, 2007.


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  • Julius

    Is this the most important and urgent needs for the people ? I dont get it.

    • Mufu Ola

      It’s very important as it would eliminate the unnecessary stress of frequent renewal of passports for those who need it.

      • Julius

        I hear you but, we have some pressing issues that I think ought to be top priority. Thats all.

    • walter enang

      Have you ever travelled out of Nigeria?

      • Julius

        No ! Have you ?

    • Octagon

      You’re obviously not a traveller and just a bushman who lives in somewhere like Shomolu. Does it have to be urgent for action to be taken? These are simple measures that the government could have taken to improve things for some Nigerians. Is the government not able to do many things at once?

      • Julius

        Where is Shomolu ? smdh !

  • dike offor

    Julius where u dey when people dey get appointment? if you dey travel out for business or pleasure very well you go know the importance to increase the validity of the Nigeria International Passport duration..na welcome achievement be that

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  • Osato Osasere

    The greed of Obasanjo and the Immigration Services have finally caught up with everybody. Yeye people. In 2007 they not only changed the expiration period from 10 years to 5 years, they made it non renewable such that when a booklet expires instead of stamping renewal on your old booklet like reasonable countries do they make everybody go pay for a new booklet. And queue up to be photographed. When you live abroad they expect you to be physically present just to get a passport. Only Nigerian passport expires after 5years because immigration officers want to make money. In most countries people don’t go spend days queuing up for passports, they apply at the post offices. Yeye people! Try get a Nigerian passport and they tell you to spend over 1000 euro to travel to Nigerian embassy for a passport that even Nigerian banks do not honour.

  • Burbank

    If Nigerians suffer to apply for or renew their passports, it’s even worse for foreign tourists trying to apply for a tourist visa to come to Nigeria,compared to South Africa or Ghana.