The Nigerian government on Tuesday through the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has launched a temporary passport to replace the Emergency Travel Certificate (ETC) in Abuja.
The temporary passport is an electronic document with all the features of a regular passport but valid for one trip. It will be retrieved from the user at the entry point.
The temporary passport is International Civil Aviation Organisation -compliant and is valid for only 30 days.
Aregbesola said, “It is a replacement for the hitherto Emergency Travel Certificate (ETC) which was issued to Nigerians in emergency situations where their passports were not available and had need to travel to Nigeria.”
“This new document is not a replacement for the Nigerian passport; it will only serve a temporary purpose in the case of loss or misplacement of the Nigerian passport by a Nigerian abroad.
“In the light of the present security challenges faced by the country, the temporary passport will no doubt help to checkmate the excesses of criminal elements that take advantage of the ETC to infiltrate the country.
“We are putting measures in place that will make obtaining a passport very easy once they come to fruition.”
In his words, The Comptroller-General of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, said “the temporary passport would be valid for 30 days from the day of issuance,” adding that, “once you arrived the country you cannot travel back with it.”