Applying for a passport or ID card if you live in Nigeria

Are you a Dutch national living in Nigeria? And do you want to renew or apply for a Dutch passport or identity card (ID card)? You can do so at the Dutch consulate-general in Lagos. You can also go to a Dutch embassy in another country such country such as Ghana or Benin (information in Dutch). You can also lodge your application at one of the Dutch border municipalities or at Schiphol Airport.

Due to the coronavirus, the possibilities to apply for a passport or ID card at an embassy or consulate-general are limited. This also applies to applications at an office of an external service provider such as VFS Global.

Step 1: Create your personal checklist

It is important for your passport or ID card application that you bring the correct documents with you. Therefore, per passport or ID card first create a personal checklist for each application.  Then you’ll know what documents to bring.

Note: step 2 shows you whether there are additional document requirements in the country you live in.

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  • You must appear in person to apply for your passport. Someone else is not allowed to do this for you. This also applies to someone under the age of 18. He or she must also be present at the application.
  • You may need to have the original legalised.
  • You may provide documents in Dutch, English, German or French. Abroad and at the passport desk at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, you may also provide documents from the civil registrar in Spanish. If your documents are in another language, you must have them translated by a sworn translator.
  • You may be asked to provide additional documents.

Once you have completed your checklist, please continue with step 2.

Step 2: Check the additional requirements for Nigeria

Your documents may need to meet additional requirements in a given country. Below you can find out about the requirements for Nigeria.

Proof of legal residence

You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live. In Nigeria, you can do this by providing one of the following documents:

  • a valid visa and supporting documents;
  • a valid residence permit;
  • if you have applied for a residence permit but have not yet received one: a Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card (CERPAC). For more information, see the website of the Nigeria Immigration Service;
  • if you also hold the Nigerian nationality: a valid Nigerian passport or ID card.

Step 3: Apply at a Dutch border municipality or at Schiphol Airport

If you want to apply for your passport or ID card in the Netherlands, you can do so at one of the Dutch border municipalities or at Schiphol Airport.

Step 4: Apply in Nigeria

If you want to apply for your passport or ID card in Nigeria, first make sure you have all the required documents. You can see which documents you need by completing the checklist (step 1). You should also check what additional requirements apply in Nigeria (step 2). Then you can make an appointment.

How do I make an appointment?

To make an appointment to visit the consulate-general in Lagos, send an email (in English) to

You cannot apply for travel documents at the embassy in Abuja.

You can also apply for a passport at:

How much will it cost?

You can find the price of a passport or ID card in the overview of consular fees in Nigeria.

How long will it take?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will first determine if you are a Dutch national. If so, you are entitled to a passport or ID card.

Your passport or ID card will be ready in about 3 weeks. You may be asked to provide additional documents to help us assess your application. In that case, the decision period will be extended.

What if I need my passport or ID card in the meantime?

If you need your current passport or ID card while your application is being processed, you can hand it in later, when you come to collect your new one.

How can I track my application?

When you apply for a travel document, you will receive a track & trace code. This allows you to track the status of your application online. You will be informed by email when your document is ready.

You must make an appointment to collect your new document. To do so, send an email to You can collect your document between 8.30 and 15.00 Monday to Friday. First check which days our our offices are closed.

What happens to my old passport or ID card?

The consulate-general will cancel your old passport or ID card and then return it to you.

If your old document contains visas or residence permits that are still valid and you want to keep those pages intact, you should make this known beforehand.


If you have any questions, please contact the the consulate-general in Lagos.