ECOWAS Travel Certificate Application Guidelines

ECOWAS Guidelines



  1. Visit the Home page of Nigeria Immigration Portal
  2. Locate & click on the appropriate application form to start the process:
    • Apply for ECOWAS Travel Certificate or
    • Apply for Renewal of ECOWAS Travel Certificate or
    • Apply for Re-issue of ECOWAS Travel Certificate
  3. Fill the Application form, check the ' I HEREBY DECLARE THAT THE INFORMATION GIVEN IN THIS APPLICATION FORM IS CORRECT TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE.' check box then click the 'Submit Application' Button
  4. Click on “Print Acknowledgment Slip” button to print ‘Application Acknowledgment Page’
  5. Click on “Proceed to Online Payment”
  6. If you selected option to pay in Naira, you will be prompted to select PayType (payment method): “Bank” , “eWallet” or “Credit/Debit card”,
    1. If you intend to pay at a bank, selected “Bank” and click continue,
      1. View the list of participating banks and then click on ‘Continue’.
      2. The “Print Acknowledgment” button will help you print “Payment Acknowledgment Slip” with Transaction ID, Application ID & Reference Number.
      3. With the copy of your Payment acknowledgement slip, proceed to a participating bank for payment.
      4. On making payment at the bank, you MUST be issued with an 'approved payment platform provider' receipt that contains a "Validation Number". You will need the "Validation Number" for confirmation of payment on the portal. (For use of your Validation Number, see the section on Validation Number below)
    2. If you have a funded 'NetFunds Accounts' and intend to pay through this account, select "NetFunds Account" and click continue,
      1. You will be required to fill in your NetFunds Account log-in credentials. If you are not registered as a user, go to "Register for NetFunds Account".
      2. After filling in, click “Login” button and you will be sent to the payment portal
      3. For proceeding with the payment click the “PAY” button. The payment will be successful only if your account balance is at least as big as the total payable amount.
      4. After payment, the “Validation Number” is generated. Store it and use it to confirm the payment.
      5. You can also print a receipt by clicking the “Print the Receipt” button.
    3. If you intend to pay through Credit/Debit card, select “Credit/Debit card” and click continue,
      1. You will be required to fill in your eWallet log-in credentials. If you are not registered as a user, go to “Register for eWallet”.
      2. After filling in, click “Login” button and you will be sent to the payment portal
      3. For proceeding with the payment click the “PAY” button.
      4. Payment portal display application details, click on “Continue” button.
      5. You will be prompted to “Value Card” payment page, provide information of your card & Click on “OK” button
      6. After payment, the “Validation Number” is generated. Store it and use it to confirm the payment.
      7. You can also print a receipt by clicking the “Print the Receipt” button.
  7. After payment, having obtained the “Validation Number”, proceed to the NIS portal for confirmation of payment.
  8. To confirm your payment using your Validation Number, go to the “Check ECOWAS Travel Certificate Status” and enter your Application ID and Reference No.
  9. Click the “View your application payment status” button to go to the “Online Query Status” page.
  10. If a "Validation Number" field appears, please enter the number from your 'approved payment platform provider' receipt. Remember: Validation Number has been generated after payment through Bank also.
  11. Selecting “Pay4Me”, a field will appear to be filled with the “Validation Number” from your e-receipt. Remember: Validation Number has been generated after payment through Bank also.
  12. Click the “Search Record” button and you will be sent to the “Applicant’s Details” page where a date for your interview has been generated.
  13. You can now print a Receipt or an Acknowledgement Slip by using the buttons on this page. (You will need them for your interview).
  14. You will be presented with your NIS e-receipt or Acknowledgement Slip in a new window. Click on ‘Print” button to send a copy to the printer.
  15. Proceed for Interview with relevant documents.

Required Document for Fresh ECOWAS Travel Certificate

Important Notice:

  • ECOWAS Travel Certificate is valid within ECOWAS sub-region and member countries.
    1. Applicant must provide the following in support of the application:
      • 2 copies of applicant's recent passport photograph
      • Local Government Area Letter of Identification from Local Government Area or State Liaison Office
      • Birth certificate/ Age declaration
      • Guarantor’s form sworn to before a commissioner of Oaths / Magistrate / High Court judge. Note: A guarantor must attach the following documents; photocopy of data page of international passport or Driving License or National Identity Card
      • Father’s letter of consent for minors under 16 years (In case of single parent, mother’s letter of consent is acceptable)
      • Marriage certificate where applicable
      • Evidence of e-Payment i.e. printed Payment Confirmation Page
      • Duly completed and signed Application Form

      Important Notice:

      • ECOWAS Travel Certificate is valid within ECOWAS sub-region and member countries.
        1. Applicant must provide the following in support of the application:
          • 2 copies of applicant's recent passport photograph
          • Local Government Area Letter of Identification from Local Government Area or State Liaison Office
          • Birth certificate/ Age declaration
          • Guarantor’s form sworn to before a commissioner of Oaths / Magistrate / High Court judge. Note: A guarantor must attach the following documents; photocopy of data page of international passport or Driving License or National Identity Card
          • Father’s letter of consent for minors under 16 years (In case of single parent, mother’s letter of consent is acceptable)
          • Marriage certificate where applicable
          • Evidence of e-Payment i.e. printed Payment Confirmation Page
          • Duly completed and signed Application Form
        2. Applicable fee is 2,600 Naira.
        3. Validity period is 2 years.

      Required Documents for Renewal of ECOWAS Travel Certificate

      Important Notice:

      1. Applicant must present original copy of the old ECOWAS Travel Certificate for renewal, in addition to:
      2. Evidence of e-Payment i.e. Printed Payment Confirmation Page
      3. Duly completed and signed Application Form.
      4. Applicable fee is 1,300 Naira.
      5. Validity period is 2 years.

      Required Documents for Re-Issue of ECOWAS Travel Certificate

      Important Notice:

      • Applicant must provide the following:
        1. Photocopy of data page of previous ECOWAS Travel Certificate
        2. 2 copies of applicant’s recent passport photograph
        3. Police report and sworn affidavit (in case of lost ECOWAS Travel Certificate)
        4. Evidence of e-Payment i.e. printed payment confirmation Page.
        5. Duly completed and signed application form.
        6. Applicable fee is 2,600 Naira.
        7. Validity period is 2 years.