VISITING NIGERIA

  • Immigration: Citizens of Economic of West African States (ECOWAS) do not require entry permits into Nigeria. All visitors not exempted from entry permits are advised to apply and obtain appropriate visas from the nearest Nigerian Mission - Embassy, High Commission or Consulate before entry into Nigeria as visas cannot be issued at the port of entry. Early application is advisable to avoid delay.
  • Vaccination: Health authorities recommend vaccination against cholera and yellow fever from all visitors. Anti-malaria prophylactic is also recommended.
  • Export of Antiquities: No art treasure may be taken out of the country without written approval from the appropriate Nigerian authorities. This approval must come from the Department of Antiquities, National Museum, Lagos, or Jos. The law prohibiting the export of all forms of antiquity, including all ritual art objects even of contemporary make, is strictly enforced.
  • Business Hours: Government offices in Nigeria are open from 7.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Monday through Friday, while commercial houses are open from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Most Offices are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, but many shops are open on Saturdays and some banks open on Saturdays as well.

Visa types and Requirements

ALL VISA APPLICATIONS AND PAYMENTS ARE NOW MADE THROUGH THE NIGERIA IMMIGRATION WEBSITE, IF YOU SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS RELATING TO YOUR VISA AS STATED BELOW, then, Click here to proceed.

CUSTOMER SERVICES:

020 7556 8131; 020 7556 8160; 020 7839 1244 Ext. 231 and Ext. 260
Email: immigrationservices@nigeriahc.org.uk

ENQIRIES: chancery@nigeriahc.org.uk

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As part of our Immigration Reform Exercise, a Service Delivery Centre is now open at the Embassy.Services offered include: Internet Caffe', Printing and Photocopying of documents.

STR Visas: All documents must be submitted in 4 copies

  • Valid National Passport (minimum period of validity 6 months at the time of travel) or any other acceptable Travel Document;
  • Printed completed online Visa application form (in 4 copies) and the Payment Confirmation page(4copies);
  • Photocopy of Approved Expatriate Quota (4 copies);
  • Letter of Offer of Appointment (4 copies);
  • Acceptance of Offer of Appointment(4 Copies);
  • Original and 4 photocopies of Professional Certificate(s)/Credentials and Curriculum Vitae (original to be sighted and returned);
  • Application for STR Visa/Entry Permit(addressed to Visa Section, Nigeria High Commission, London) from and acceptance of full Immigration Responsibilities by Prospective Employer (4 Copies);
  • Flight ticket;
  • Appropriate visa fee paid including £50 processing fees in British Postal Order made payable to the Nigeria High Commission, London;
  • NON BRITISH PASSPORT HOLDERS MUST SUBMIT EVIDENCE OF LEGAL STAY OR RESIDENCE IN THE UK. OTHERWISE, THEY ARE ADVISED TO OBTAIN THEIR VISAS FROM COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN OR NATIONALITY WHERE NIGERIA MAINTAINS A MISSION. NO EXPRESS OR FAST TRACK FOR THIS KIND OF APPLICATION.
  • If you satisfy the requirements listed above, Click here to proceed

Tourist and Visitors' Visas / Visitor

  • Valid National Passport (minimum period validity 6 months at the time of travel) or any other acceptable Travel Document;
  • Printed copy of a completed Online Visa Application Form(with one passport size photograph attached), and a copy of Payment Confirmed page;
  • Letter of invitation from Nigeria, addressed to the Visa Section, Nigeria High Commission, London, accepting full immigration/evidence of sustaining self while in Nigeria. Evidence of sufficient fund must be provided;
  • Photocopy of Inviter's Passport;
  • Appropriate visa fee paid including £20 processing fees in British Postal Order made payable to the Nigeria High Commission, London.Go to Nigeria Immigration service website for details;
  • NON BRITISH PASSPORT HOLDERS MUST SUBMIT EVIDENCE OF LEGAL STAY OR RESIDENCE IN THE UK. OTHERWISE, THEY ARE ADVISED TO OBTAIN THEIR VISAS FROM COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN OR NATIONALITY WHERE NIGERIA MAINTAINS A MISSION.
  • Note: Application not supported by all the requirements will not be accepted.

NOTE:

  1. Tourists travelling by land in their own vehicles should attach copies of their vehicles particulars to their application.
  2. Evidence of Entry Visa/Entry Permit to the country applicant is passing through (transit)before reaching Nigeria should be endorsed in the passport.
  3. Applicant may be invited for interview before visa/entry permits are issued.
  4. Applicants going on the invitation of an expatriate worker should attach photocopy of the Residence Permit of their inviter.
  5. Multiple permits/visas are issued at the discretion of the Visa Officer.
  6. Applications not supported by all the requirements will not be accepted.
  7. If you satisfy the requirements listed above, Click here to proceed

Minors

In addition to normal visa requirements, application for visa by minors should be accompanied with the following:

  • Long Birth Certificate plus a photocopy of same showing names of parents;
  • Letter of consent from parents;
  • Photocopies of parents' current passports;
  • Appropriate visa fee paid including £20 processing fees in British Postal Order made payable to the Nigeria High Commission, London.(See Nigeria Immigration website for list of fees)
  • NON BRITISH PASSPORT HOLDERS MUST SUBMIT EVIDENCE OF LEGAL STAY OR RESIDENCE IN THE UK. OTHERWISE, THEY ARE ADVISED TO OBTAIN THEIR VISAS FROM COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN OR NATIONALITY WHERE NIGERIA MAINTAINS A MISSION.
NOTE: For children whose parents are expatriates and working in Nigeria, a copy of parents' residence permit should be attached to the application.
  • If you satisfy all the requirements and conditions listed above, Click here to proceed

  • Application not supported by all the requirements will not be accepted.

    Business Visas

    • Valid National Passport (minimum period of validity 6 months at the time of travel) or any other Acceptable Travel Document;
    • Printed copy of a completed Online Visa Application Form(with one recent passport size photograph attached), and a copy of Payment Confirmed page;
    • Letter of invitation from persons or organisation (on the organisation or Company letterhead) in Nigeria addressed to the Visa Section, Nigeria High Commission, accepting full immigration responsibilities/or evidence of sustenance in form of Traveller's cheques to be cashed in Nigeria;
    • Letter from the applicant's employer in the United Kingdom (on the letterhead paper of the establishment) stating the current immigration and employment status of the applicant. The employer must also clearly state that he is aware of the trip to Nigeria;
    • Appropriate visa fee paid including £20 processing fees in British Postal Order made payable to the Nigeria High Commission, London. See the Nigeria Immigration Service website for details.
    • NON BRITISH PASSPORT HOLDERS MUST SUBMIT EVIDENCE OF LEGAL STAY OR RESIDENCE IN THE UK. OTHERWISE, THEY ARE ADVISED TO OBTAIN THEIR VISAS FROM COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN OR NATIONALITY WHERE NIGERIA MAINTAINS A MISSION.
    • Application not supported by all the requirements will not be accepted.
    • If you satisfy all the requirements and conditions above, Click here to proceed
    CUSTOMER SERVICES:

    020 7556 8131; 020 7556 8160; 020 7839 1244 Ext. 231 and Ext. 360 Email: immigrationservices@nigeriahc.org.uk

    ENQUIRIES: chancery@nigeriahc.org.uk


    POSTAL CASES: Tel: 0207 556 8167

    Temporary Work Permit (TWP)

    • Valid National Passport (minimum period of validity 6 months) or any other acceptable acceptable Travel Documents.
    • Printed copy of a completed Online Visa Application Form(with one recent passport size photograph attached), and a copy of Payment Confirmed page;
    • Approved cablegramme from the Director of Immigration Services. Abuja, which must be received by the Nigeria High Commission (Visa Section) through the British Telecommunication.
    • Letter from sponsor's in Nigeria addressed to the Visa Section accepting full immigration responsibilities.
    • Return Ticket
    • Appropriate visa fee paid including £50 processing fees in British Postal Order made payable to the Nigeria High Commission, London. Visit Nigeria Immigration Service website for details;
    • If you satisfy all the requirements and conditions above, Click here to proceed

    NOTE:

    1. Photocopies of cablegramme approval sent from Nigeria to this office will not be accepted as an approval until original is received.


    2. CUSTOMER SERVICES:

      020 7556 8131; 020 7556 8160; 020 7839 1244 Ext. 231 and Ext. 360
      Email: immigrationservices@nigeriahc.org.uk

      ENQUIRIES: chancery@nigeriahc.org.uk

    Journalist Visiting Nigeria on Assignments

    • Scanned Valid National Passport (minimum period validity 6 months at the time of travel)or any acceptable Travel document;
    • Printed copy of a completed Online Visa Application Form(with one passport size photograph attached), and a copy of Payment Confirmed page;
    • A letter of invitation from local contact(s) in Nigeria;
    • A letter of introduction from the organisation(s) that journalists work for or represent;
    • A copy of itinerary while on duty in Nigeria;
    • List of equipment accompanying applicant(s);
    • Print out of a Completed visa application form available on the website of the Nigerian Immigration Service www.immigration.gov.ng;
    • All supporting documentsand letters (listed above) must be provided on the relevant organisation’s letter-head paper and in addition, documents must be provided and addressed to: Hon Minister of Information and Communications Federal Ministry of Information and Communications Room 3, Wing A, Radio House Garki - Abuja. Attention: Deputy Director, External Publicity Division, and handed in at the Passport/Visa Section, Nigeria High Commission, 9, Northumberland Ave, London WC2N 5BX;
    • The fee for each applicant is £70.00* (Seventy Pounds payable on-line to the Nigeria Immigration Service.(www.immigration.gov.ng) There is an additional charge of £20.00 (Twenty Pounds) processing fee payable to the Nigeria High Commission, London in British Postal Orders. Please note that the High Commission does NOT accept CASH payments.;
    • The weekly filming fee is $150 payable on arrival to the Accreditation Section, Federal Ministry of Information and Communications, Abuja;
    • Please be advised that it is mandatory that all journalists issued with entry visa report for accreditation and documentation on arrival in Nigeria at the External Publicity Division, Federal Ministry of Information and Communications, Room 3, Wing A, Radio House, Garki, Abuja before embarking on any assignment in the country. Failure to report is a violation of the terms of entry;
    • Visas for journalists cannot be fast-tracked and may take longer than five (5) working days to process;
    • Fee is dependent on the nationality of the passport on which the applicant is travelling and it is subject to changes without notice. So please check when lodging applications;
    • If you wish to make further enquiries, please phone 0207 839 1244 Ext. 279.
    • Note: Application not supported by all the requirements will not be accepted.
    • Click here to print a copy of these requirements and conditions