How to get a Nigerian Emergency Travel Certificate in the UK

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Emergency travel certificates (ETC) are one of the easiest services available at the Nigerian High Commission in London, UK.

It can be applied for if a Nigeria citizen is in need to travel in the nearest future, but passport is lost, stolen, or possibly waiting for a passport application to be processed.

Here are some information you will need when applying.

Before reading on...
The information provided below is gathered from experience, aimed at giving you knowledge on what you need to apply for Nigerian ETC in the UK. It is a general guide for mainly straight-forward cases. For complex issues, seek professional or NHC advice. This not legal or expert advice

Step 1: Visit Nigeria High Commission website
You can access the website directly from here. On homepage, select ‘Immigration’ tab, then click on ‘Requirements for E-Passport’. On this page, click on ETC from the options and you should see a list of required documents and the application form.

On Nigerian High Commission UK homepage, select ‘Immigration’ tab, then click on ‘Requirements for E-Passport

Step 2: Download and print form
For direct access to the form, click here.

Step 3: Complete form and gather documents
The form is straight-forward to complete. Some tips: Your guarantor must be a Nigerian citizen, if applying for child, parents can be guarantors. Take original copies for verification and photocopies for NHC to keep. Although it is required on the form, you may be asked to state reasons for ETC on a separate piece of paper. Fees, if applicable, are payable using postal order.

Advantages of Nigerian ETC 

  • Free if you have a pending passport application with the High Commission (otherwise it will come at a cost)
  • Cheaper than a visa
  • Travel without passport
  • Same day certificate collection is possible – with good reason (otherwise available a few days before travel)
  • No appointment necessary, turn up at the time specified on their website
  • Apply for passport while applying for ETC

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