The Nigerian Standard e-Passport and the ECOWAS Passport are two different types of passports that serve different purposes, although they are both issued in Nigeria. Here are some of the key differences between the Nigerian Standard e-Passport and the ECOWAS Passport:
- Validity: The Nigerian Standard e-Passport is valid for five years, while the ECOWAS Passport is valid for ten years.
- Cost: The Nigerian Standard e-Passport is less expensive than the ECOWAS Passport.
- Scope: The Nigerian Standard e-Passport is only valid for travel to countries outside the ECOWAS region, while the ECOWAS Passport is valid for travel to all member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which includes 15 countries in West Africa.
- Visa-Free Entry: Holders of the ECOWAS Passport can enjoy visa-free entry to all member countries of the ECOWAS, while holders of the Nigerian Standard e-Passport still need to obtain visas to travel to some countries in the region.
- Biometric Data: Both passports contain biometric data, including the passport holder’s fingerprints, photograph, and signature. However, the ECOWAS Passport also includes a chip that stores additional biometric data, such as the passport holder’s iris scan.
In summary, the Nigerian Standard e-Passport is designed for international travel outside the ECOWAS region, while the ECOWAS Passport is designed for travel within the member countries of the ECOWAS.
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