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The following webpages contain only the most important information about German passports and are meant for the very few German citizens who do not speak German. Please check the German version of this webpage for complete information about German passports.

The German Missions issue passports to German citizens residing in Nigeria. Please apply at the German mission responsible for you according to your place of residence.

For children under the age of 12 with German citizenship, a children’s passport may also be issued instead of a regular passport.

A new passport law has been in effect since Nov. 1, 2007. Under this new law, fingerprints also must be stored on a chip contained in German passports. This affects all passport applicants six years and older.

It is therefore absolutely necessary that you personally apply for the passport at the competent Mission.

Adminstrative districts of German missions in Nigeria

In legal and consular matters, please turn to the German mission responsible for you. The Embassy in Abuja and the Consulate General in Lagos are each responsible for different Nigerian states. Any applications have to be filed with the responsible German mission according to place of residence.

Administrative district of the Embassy in Abuja in legal and consular matters:

Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Ebonyi, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nassarawa, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara

Administrative district of the Consulate General in Lagos in legal and consular matters:

Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Edo, Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Abia, Delta, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and Cross River


You live in Nigeria and require a new German passport? Please take note of the following information regarding the application procedure:

Application

Processing a passport can take from six to eight weeks. Please submit your application approximately three months before your current passport expires. If there are compelling reasons (valid proof needed, eg. flight tickets, medical certificate) for you to receive a passport on short notice, a temporary passport can be issued.

Both the German Embassy in Abuja and the German Consulate General in Lagos require pre-booked appointments for passport matters. Please make sure to book your appointment using our booking system on the right side of this page. If you cannot keep an appointment and wish to cancel it, please inform us by e-mail in due time.

Please note that only completed applications will be accepted. In order to ensure that your application may be processed without delay, please submit the following documents in original and one copy (no certification needed).

Required documents

  • A duly completed passport application form (please ensure that you sign the form)
  • two recent passport photograph according to biometric specifications
  • Current passport
  • Proof of legal residence in Nigeria, such as Nigerian visa/permanent residence permit or Nigerian passport (for dual citizens only)
  • Deregistration certificate from your last place of residence in Germany (“Abmeldebescheinigung“)
  • if applicable, German Certificate of Naturalization (“Einbürgerungsurkunde“)
  • if you possess a citizenship certificate (even if expired), please submit it with your application
  • Birth Certificate
  • If applicable, Marriage Certificate (if your name changed through marriage or if you wish to change it)
  • Pre-paid self-addressed envelope

Please note that additional documents might be necessary in the single case. If this applies for you, you will be asked to submit them after you have filed your application.

Fees

Fees for your passport application can only be paid in Nigerian Naira (NGN), eventhough they are listed in EUR below. Conversion will be made based on the official exchange rate used by the Embassy/Consulate on the day you file your application. Please note that we cannot offer credit card payment but have a cash only policy.

Base fee for applicants under the age of 24

37,50 EUR

Base fee for applicants over the age of 24

59,00 EUR

Surcharge for applications filed abroad

21,00 EUR

Surcharge for lack of jurisdiction (under 24)

37,50 EUR

Surcharge for lack of jurisdiction (over 24)

59,00 EUR

Surcharge for express service

32,00 EUR

Surcharge for 48 pages

22,00 EUR

Annotations

Base fee and surcharge for applications filed abroad are being charged for all applications.

The surcharge for lack of jurisdiction is being charged if the applicant is still registered in Germany with an official residence.

The surcharge for express service is being charged if the applicant desires his application to be processed more quickly.

The surcharge for 48 pages is being charged if the applicant desires to have a passport with 48 pages instead of 36 pages. This might be convenient for frequent travellers.

Temporary Passports

In exceptional cases, a temporary passport with a validity of one year can be issued. This passport can be issued immediately if all requirements are fulfilled and all necessary documents have been presented. The fee for the temporary passport is 39 EUR.

Downloads

Passport Application Form for Adults

Passbildschablone Erwachsene

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Since 26 June 2012 every child needs their own German passport. Entries in their parents’ passports are not valid anymore and will not allow them to travel. Please consider the following information about passport applications for children:

Application

There are two types of passports for minors: the biometric passport and the child’s passport for children under the age of 12 years.

If you wish to travel abroad with your child, a child’s passport will usually be sufficient. It is valid for 6 years and can be issued before the child turns 12 years old. However, some few countries such as the US do not accept the child’s passport for their visa waiver programs. If you plan to travel abroad with the child’s passport, we, therefore, advise you to double-check the entry requirements for your country of destination before your trip.

Alternatively, you can apply for a biometric passport for your child. The passport has a validity of 6 years, too, but is recognized by most countries due to its biometric features. However, it is more expensive.

For both types of passport, it is necessary that the parent(s) who holds custody of the child comes by in person with the child to file the passport application. If one parent resides outside of Nigeria and cannot come by in person, a certified declaration of consent is required before the passport can be issued. Please find the consent form on the right side of this page.

Both the German Embassy in Abuja and the German Consulate General in Lagos require pre-booked appointments for passport matters. Please make sure to book your appointment using our booking system on the right side of this page. If you cannot keep an appointment and wish to cancel it, please inform us by e-mail in due time.

Please note that only completed applications will be accepted. In order to ensure that your application may be processed without delay, please submit the following documents in original and one copy (no certification needed).

Required documents

  • The following documents (originals + 1 copy) must be presented for the passport application:
  • A duly completed passport application form
  • two recent passport photograph according to biometric specifications (35 x 45 mm)
  • current passport
  • Proof of legal residence in Nigeria, such as Nigerian visa/permanent residence permit or Nigerian passport (for dual citizens only)
  • Deregistration certificate from your last place of residence in Germany (“Abmeldebescheinigung“)
  • Passport copies of both parents
  • Proof of residence of both parents
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate of the parents, if applicable
  • Pre-paid self-addressed envelope

Please note that additional documents might be necessary in the single case. If this applies for you, you will be asked to submit them after you have filed your application.

First time applications – document verification

If you apply for a German passport for your child for the first time, a document verification is usually required. The following documents have to be submitted for this purpose:

Concerning the Nigerian parent:

  • - copy of his/her passport
  • - full name, address, telephone number and e-mail address
  • - old school documents
  • - if applicable, baptism certificate
  • - birth certificate issued by the hospital he/she was born in
  • - if the birth was registered: Certificate of Birth issued by the Local Government
  • - Declaration of Age, deposed by a parent or the head of family before the High Court
  • - Affidavit of Family Status / Spinsterhood / Bachelorhood, deposed by a parent or the head of family before the High Court
  • - marriage certificate, if applicable
  • - completely filled questionnaire for document verifications (can be downloaded on the right side of this page)
  • - old family photographs

Concerning the German parent:

  • - copy of his/her passport
  • - proof of his/her family status, such as marriage certificate/divorce decree
  • - certificate of naturalization, if applicable

Concerning the child:

  • -          Birth Certificate issued by the National Population Commission at the place of birth
  • -          Birth certificate issued by the hospital the child was born in
  • -          Baptism certificate, if applicable,
  • -          School certificates, if applicable

Additional documents might be requested by the Consular Section. 

Fees for the document verification

The fees for the document verification which is conducted by a lawyer the Consulate is cooperating with amounts to 150.000 NGN. The fee can only be paid in cash. Please note that the processing of the passport application can only be initiated once the fee has been paid.

In case a document verification had already been conducted for the parents and/or a sibling of the child, a reduced fee amounting to 75.000 NGN applies.

Processing Time

The processing time for a (first time) child’s passport varies from case to case and can therefore not be predicted in advance.

The processing time for the document verification is currently 4 months. Afterwards, additional documents might be required and in some cases. Also, if the parents are not married, an acknowledgement of paternity, a name declaration etc. can be necessary. A name declaration will only become fully valid once it is received by the competent registry in Germany and the passport can only be issued once this has been confirmed by the registry. As a result thereof, an application may take up to 6 months or even longer to be fully processed. We therefore encourage you to apply for a German passport for your child as soon as possible – especially if you plan to travel.

If the passport you apply for is not the child's first passport, the regular processing time of 6-8 weeks applies.

Fees

Fees for your passport application can only be paid in Nigerian Naira (NGN), eventhough they are listed in EUR below. Conversion will be made based on the official exchange rate used by the Embassy/Consulate on the day you file your application. Please note that we cannot offer credit card payment but have a cash only policy.

Biometric passport for applicants under the age of 24

Base fee

37,50 EUR

Surcharge for applications filed abroad

21,00 EUR

Surcharge for lack of jurisdiction

37,50 EUR

Surcharge for express service

32,00 EUR

Surcharge for 48 pages

22,00 EUR

Child's passport

Base fee

13,00 EUR

Surcharge for applications filed abroad

13,00 EUR

Surcharge for lack of jurisdiction

13,00 EUR

Annotations

Base fee and surcharge for applications made from abroad are being charged for all applications.

The surcharge for lack of jurisdiction is being charged if the applicant is still registered in Germany with an official residence.

The surcharge for express service is being charged if the applicant desires his application to be processed more quickly.

The surcharge for 48 pages is being charged if the applicant desires a passport with 48 pages instead of 36 pages. 

Temporary Passports

In exceptional cases, a temporary passport with a validity of one year can be issued. This passport can be issued immediately if all requirements are fulfilled and all necessary documents have been presented. The fee for the temporary passport is 39 EUR. Surcharge for lack of jurisdiction applies.

Downloads

     * Application form for minors
     * Consent for passport to be issued to minors
     * Passport template children
     * Photo sample 
     * Document verification for a child born in Nigeria
     * Questionnaire for document verification