Traveling abroad can be fun, but losing your passport while traveling is not. If you are a U.S. citizen and happen to lose your passport while traveling in Nigeria, or if you live there and need to update yours or obtain one for your newborn child, passports can be obtained at the American embassies in Abuja or Lagos (http://nigeria.usembassy.gov/acs_abuja_passports.html).
Things You'll Need
- Computer with internet connection
- two, 2" by 2" passport photos
- Your original passport, a police report on its theft or birth certificate of the infant
- Additional identification as required by the type of passport you are trying to obtain
- Money to pay the fee
Make an appointment with the embassy through its website. New or replacement passports are only issued by appointment, according to the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria. Appointments are issued in blocks, so you may have to wait up to 2.5 hours depending on how many other people are applying for a passport.
Fill out form DS-11 for a first-time adult passport or DS-82 for an adult renewal passport. If your passport was stolen, you will need to fill out DS-11 and DSP-64, applicable identification and provide a copy of the police report you made at the time of the theft. Forms are available at the State Department website.
Bring your completed form and all required forms of identification, your passport photos and the applicable fees (ranging up to $135 as of 2011) to your appointment. If the passport is for a child, the child needs to be present for the application process as well.
Tips & Warnings
- Wait times may be long at the embassy, but be patient.
- Don't delay if you discover your passport has been stolen, make a police report right away. It will take some time to get your new passport, and you cannot leave Nigeria without it. Emergency travel passports are available, but there is an additional fee.
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