Welcome. Much has been said and written about Nigeria, her people and culture, economy and politics, that sheds light on the tremendous potential of this African Giant. However, little is known to the outside world about the many exciting tourist attractions available in Nigeria: Historic sites nestled amid rivers and rain forests, breathtaking mountain vistas, remote creek villages, miles of pristine beaches and exotic national wildlife reserves. There are also museums, festivals, music and dance, a rich cultural melange right down to everyday traditional markets. These are just some of the spectacular sights and sensual delights awaiting the traveler to Nigeria.
Nigeria has the largest population of any country in Africa (about 120 million), and the greatest diversity of cultures, ways of life, cities and terrain. With a total land area of 923,768 sq. km. (356,668 sq. mi.) Nigeria is the 14th largest country in Africa. Its coastline, on the Gulf of Guinea, stretches 774 km (480 mi.). Nigeria shares its international border of 4,470 km (2513 mi.) with four neighbors: Chad, Cameroon, Benin, and Niger. Until 1989 the capital was Lagos, with a population of about 2,500,000, but the government recently moved the capital to Abuja.
Citizens of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) do not require entry permit into Nigeria. All visitors not exempted from entry permits are advised to apply and obtain appropriate visas from the nearest Nigerian Diplomatic Mission – Embassy, High Commission or Consulate before entry into Nigeria. Early application is advisable to avoid delay.
Health authorities require international certificates of 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.
Government offices are open from 7.30 a.m. to3.30 p.m. Monday through Friday, while commercial houses are open from8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 2.00 p.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 too.
Nigeria boasts of a number of museums and monuments, games reserve and other natural and historical sights to see.There is the National Museum in Lagos,with branches in Jos, Benin and Kaduna. There is also the Ife Museum, theOron Museum, the Esie Museum, the Kano Museum, the Owo Museum, the WarMuseum in Umuahia and the Calabar Museum. A museum of Black and African culture is housed at the Centre for Black African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC) at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos. The games reserves include Yankari, Ologbo,Old Oyo, Borgu, Orle River, Zugurma, Dagida, Alawa, Kwambana and the KainjiLake Game Reserve.
Other interesting sights are the Shere Hills, Jos; Olumo Rocks, Abeokuta; Zuma Rock, Abuja; Ikogosi Warm and Cold Spring in Ekiti State; Obudu Cattle Ranch in the Cross River State; Kura Falls in Plateau State; Asorp Falls in Benue State; the Oshun River and Shrine in Oshogbo, Oshun State and the Argungu Village in Sokoto State, especially during the fishing festival; the first storey-building in Nigeria and the slave chains of the slave trade era are all located in Badagry, Lagos State.
Nigeria is home to dazzling sights and cultures: spiritual shrines, stunning grasslands, vibrant nightlife and exotic wildlife. Visits to Nigeria, therefore, should be well-planned and well-researched:
Decide what and how much you want to see in Nigeria. If you’re planning a shorter trip, consider concentrating on one major city, particularly Lagos or Abuja. If you have longer, visit some of the less-traveled cities: Kano on the Sahara’s edge, or Oshobogo, for example. Also consider visiting Nigeria as part of a larger African tour package that includes Nigeria and neighboring countries such as Cameroon and Chad.
Choose whether you wish to plan your own itinerary or travel as part of a packaged tour. You probably will want to travel under the aegis of experienced tour guides, unless you are an extremely seasoned traveler. Reputable guides will know what areas to avoid and which hotels are the most secure, and will handle much of the minutia of your journey.
Choose the timing of your trip. Nigeria is close to the equator and therefore warm year-round. Even so, avoid traveling during the summer months, which are part of the rainy season.
Procure your air travel into the country. At the time of publication, several major carriers serve Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed Airport, including United, Delta, US Airways, British Airways and Air France. You’ll find fewer flight options into Abuja International Airport, though it also hosts major carriers including United, British Airways and Ethiopian Airlines.
Book a hotel for you trip. You will find many of the familiar global brand names in both Lagos and Abuja, including a Hilton and Hawthorn Suites in Abuja and a Radisson, Sheraton and Golden Tulip in Lagos. Your hotel options outside of these cities will be much more limited. Independent, local hotels can give you a better local flavor, but read reviews or check with a travel agent to be sure it is a secure, reputable property. Hotels in Abuja and particularly Lagos are relatively expensive compared with the rest of the world, and many require you to pay for your stay in advance.
Acquire visas for all travelers on your journey, either through the Nigerian embassy or a visa procurement service. Each traveler will need to provide a completed visa application form, provided on the embassy’s website, along with a passport, two passport-sized photos and travel information, including airline and hotel reservations. You also will have to pay a fee for each visa. If you are traveling as part of an organized tour, your tour provider likely will help you with this step.
Climate in Nigeria
Temperatures across the country is relatively high with a very narrow variation in seasonal and diurnal ranges (22-36t). There are two basic seasons; wet season which lasts from April to October; and the dry season which lasts from November till March. The dry season commences with Harmattan, a dry chilly spell that lasts till February and is associated with lower temperatures, a dusty and hazy atmosphere brought about by the North-Easterly winds blowing from the Arabian peninsular across the Sahara; the second half of the dry season, February – March, is the hottest period of the year when temperatures range from 33 to 38 degrees centigrade. The extremes of the wet season are felt on the southeastern coast where annual rainfall might reach a high of 330cm; while the extremes of the dry season, in aridity and high temperatures, are felt in the north third of the country.
QUESTION: What is Visa on Arrival?
Nigeria Visa on Arrival is a class of short visit visa issued at the port of entry. The facility is available to frequently travelled High Net Worth Investors and Intending Visitors who may not be able to obtain visa at the Nigerian Missions/Embassies in their countries of residence due to the absence of a Nigerian mission in those countries or exigencies of urgent business travels.
QUESTION: How do I get a Visa On Arrival Approval Letter?
Please check out How To Apply for Visa on Arrival Approval (external website) for details.
QUESTION: What is Visa Approval Letter?
Visa Approval Letter is a document (approved by the Nigeria Immigration Service Headquarters) that allows a traveler to proceed to Nigeria to pick up entry visa at the point of entry.
QUESTION: How long does it take to get the approval letter?
Visa Approval Letter normally takes 2 (48 hours) working days to process and emailed to you and your representative/contact who applied on your behalf in Nigeria.
QUESTION: How do I receive my visa approval letter?
Through email or your representative/contact in Nigeria.
QUESTION: Are there any restrictions with this type of visa?
Yes, Visa on Arrival is not valid for employment or residence.
QUESTION: Do you require a scan of my passport data page?
Yes, a scanned copy of your passport data page is required.
QUESTION: What is the minimum validity for my passport?
Your passport must be at least six (6) months valid to apply for Nigerian visa.
QUESTION: What are the procedures at the Nigeria Airports/Ports of Entry?
Upon arrival at the port of entry proceed to clearly marked Visa on Arrival Desk for issuance of entry Visa. Present your approval letter, passport and evidence of payment to be issued with an Entry Visa. Proceed to Immigration and other border control agencies for clearance.
QUESTION: Should I provide exact date of arrival?
Not necessarily but must be within the date provided in your itinerary.
QUESTION: How long in advance should I apply for a Visa approval Letter?
Should not exceed validity of Visa Approval Letter of 14 days.
QUESTION: Can I travel without Approval letter and get the Visa when I arrive?
No, Approval letter must be obtained before proceeding to Nigeria.
QUESTION: How much does the Approval Letter cost?
Approval Letter is FREE.
QUESTION: How much does the Visa on Arrival Cost?
See Visa Fees (external website) here.
QUESTION: Can I make payment at the point of arrival?
QUESTION: What credit/debit cards are accepted for online payment?
Master Card and Visa cards are acceptable.
QUESTION: My credit number is correct but it was not accepted?
Some of the card details other than the card number might be incorrect, such as Card Verification Value (CVV) or Expiry Date.
You have reached credit limit / insufficient balance to pay for the service.
You have entered incorrect One Time Password (OTP) Code/i-Pin/Secure Code.
You have not registered your card with the Issuer Bank.
QUESTION: How safe are my card details?
For highly secure online payment transaction, we use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) along with encryption to keep your credit card details safe. With this technology, transmission of card details over the internet is always encrypted.
QUESTION: What if I change my flight and arrive at another Airport in Nigeria?
It advisable to stick to flight itinerary submitted at the time of applying.
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