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June 24, 2021

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Travel News: Nigeria Unveils Plans for New E.C.O.W.A.S Card

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The Nigerian government according to The Daily Trust has unveiled plans a new E.C.O.W.A.S (Economic Community of West African States) card for easy travel between her member countries. We are excited by the new initiative and we hope that this card will be FREE for all.

The implementation of the ECOWAS Travel Card by some member countries has been hailed as the right decision to facilitate the unhindered movement of persons and goods within the regional bloc. Trade and especially travel within and among ECOWAS members grows daily and could become one of Nigeria’s most vibrant economic activities, especially for the large citizens operating at the informal level. The adoption of the ECOWAS Travel card by member states as standard document for travelers within the region is boosting intra-ECOWAS trade in significant proportions. For Nigerian businessmen and women and for travelers within the region, the ECOWAS Travel Card is easy to obtain and has two-year validity.  The travel is card synchronized with the digital features in the National Identity Management documents and is fashioned after the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Free Movement of Persons Protocol.

The ECOWAS Travel Card which is already in use in some West African countries will surely improves on the security of the sub – region, as many security features that could assist in detecting criminals ware embedded in the travel card.

The Daily Trust

Prior to this new initiative Nigerian’s and other West African Countries have travelling around with their E.C.O.W.A.S passport that included a scannable chip in the Passport for easier identification when travelling abroad. The downside, however is after repetative use the chip becomes unresponsive when scanned so it has to be entered manually.

The Nigerian Government aims to combat identity theft and criminal activity by introducing new security features they have not yet announced. This would be a welcome intitiative because this prevents the unlawful reproduction of the card.

Five Star Travel can assist you in the lawful application of Your Nigerian Passport and Visa to visit Nigeria. Chat with us and let us help you begin your Journey.

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