Usually, all passport applications must be lodged in person at the Australian High Commission in Abuja, or with the Australian Honorary Consuls in Lagos and Yaounde. However, due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is not currently possible. While the restrictions remain in place, it is possible to lodge an application for a limited validity passport (valid for up to 12 months) by mail.
To apply by mail, please complete Steps 1-4 below and then contact the Australian High Commission at [email protected] to confirm that you have prepared your application and gathered all required documents. The Australian High Commission will confirm the mailing address and the procedure for paying your application fees.
Please also see the FAQs about passport services during the pandemic below.
How to apply
Please follow the steps below to renew or apply for your Australian passport while in Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, Niger or The Gambia. You can contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.
Step 1: Fill out your application form online at the global website (you will need to create an account first).
Step 2: Print, sign and date your form. Make sure all sections are signed before you lodge your application. Australian High Commission staff cannot witness signatures.
Step 3: Obtain two passport photos. Please check the required photo specifications.
Step 4: Gather all required documentation for your application, including proof of identity documents, proof of address and, if required, documentation related to change of name. The required documents are listed on your application form and there is further guidance here.
Step 5: Contact the Australian High Commission in Abuja to make an appointment to lodge your application. You will be advised on fees payable in Nigerian Naira at this time. Current passport fees in AUD can be found here, noting exchange rates fluctuate.
Step 6: Attend your passport interview. All adult applications must be lodged in person. For child applications, at least one parent must be present. Children aged 16 and 17 must attend the interview together with at least one parent. Children aged 15 or younger do not need to attend the interview.
Passport services during the COVID-19 pandemic - FAQs
Where can I apply in person?
It is not currently possible to lodge a passport application in person. However, you can apply for a limited validity passport (valid for up to 12 months) by mail.
How much does a limited validity passport cost?
Application fees for a limited validity passport are AUD298 for an adult and AUD150 for a child, plus the cost of postage by courier. Payment must be made in Nigerian Naira. Exchange rates fluctuate, so please contact the Australian High Commission for the price in Nigerian Naira when you are ready to send your application.
If I'm applying for a passport by mail, do I need to send original documents?
You should send the original copies of your application form and B-11 form. However, please send photocopies of your identification documentation.
Do I need to apply if I'm not planning to travel?
No. If you do not plan to travel and/or do not need a passport right now, you can wait until the COVID-19 situation stabilises before lodging an application.
What happens if my passport expires during this time?
There is no penalty for letting your passport expire. Renewing a passport is a personal choice, but you may not be able to travel or hold a local visa or residence permit without a valid passport. If you do plan to travel or need a passport for another reason, we encourage you to follow the steps above to apply now.
What if I need to travel unexpectedly due to an emergency?
Please apply for an emergency passport as soon as possible by following the instructions above. We can generally issue an emergency passport within 2 working days after receiving all the required documents and fees. If you need to travel more quickly, please contact us to discuss your situation.
When will you stop accepting mail applications for temporary passports?
Mail applications are acceptable if your region or country is under a stay-at-home order, or has restrictions in place preventing travel. Once these restrictions are lifted, you should apply in person. We will update this page when mail applications are discontinued.