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How to Get a Nigerian Visa on Arrival (VoA)

This post has been updated to contain fresh information. You are strongly advised to read the updated version here.

If you want to visit Nigeria but can’t get a visa in your country of residence, no problems. You can get a visa on arrival at the port of entry in Nigeria. But…wait! Do not travel to Nigeria without the Visa on Arrival Approval Letter. You’ll be returned from the airport by the Nigerian Immigration. 

If you want a visa on arrival, you must apply and get the approval letter before travelling. This document (VoA Approval Letter) is what qualifies you to travel and get your visa upon arrival at the port of entry in Nigeria. It normally takes within two business days to get your Visa on Arrival Approval Letter if you apply through us.

Most visitors prefer the visa on arrival option because it saves them the time, stress and all the hassles with the embassy. It could also be cost effective for many.

Apply for Visa on Arrival Approval Through Destinali

Normally, you’d need a business associate or representative in Nigeria to help process your visa on arrival approval. Since we are your preferred travel partners, we will act as such.

  1. Send the data page of your passport (passport must have at least six (6) months validity) and flight itinerary to us via email: hello@destinali.com.
  2. Pay $200 processing fee.
  3. Wait to receive your approval letter from us within 48 hours.

When Do You Need a Visa on Arrival?

There are a few instances when you will need to get your visa on arrival, at the port of entry in Nigeria:

  1. When you can’t get a letter of invitation to visit Nigeria. The visa on arrival is an option when you can’t get a letter of invitation to Nigeria from someone on organization inviting you.
  2. When a letter of invitation is dishonored by the Nigerian Embassy/High Commission in your country of residence for one reason or the other.
  3. If you travel frequently and are a high net worth investor
  4. When you have exigencies of urgent business travel
  5. If the Nigerian Mission/Embassy/High Commission is absent in your country of residence

Who is Eligible for a Visa on Arrival?

The Nigerian Immigration Service states that Visa on Arrival is available to citizens of all countries except ECOWAS Nationals who do not require visa to visit Nigeria and other countries which Nigeria has entered into visa abolition agreements.

It is expected that you should be:

voa requirements

How to Apply for Visa on Arrival

You can apply for a Visa on Arrival through a Business Partner or Representative in Nigeria (such as Destinali). When you contact us, we will request for a visa on arrival on your behalf from Office of The Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service Headquarters, Abuja.

This also means we will bear responsibility for your immigration rules and regulations till you leave the country (Nigeria).

As demanded by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), you will need to provide us with the following information, amongst other things, before we can apply for a visa on arrival on your behalf:

nigerian visa on arrival

You must also give us a copy of your passport and flight itinerary showing return ticket to process Visa on Arrival for you.

When the application is approved, we will forward a Letter of Approval to you, with a copy sent to the Airline and Immigration port of entry (e.g. Murtala Mohammed Int’l Airport, Lagos – Nigeria). This process normally takes 48 hours (2 working days).

As your travel partner, we advise that you contact us in time to apply for your visa on arrival. We will  send you the Visa Approval Letter (Pre-approved visa letter) within two business days after payment. Note that the approval letter is valid for only 14 days, after which you may have to reapply.

Getting Your Visa on Arrival

As the name implies, this visa is issued to you on arrival at the port of entry. So, on arrival at the Airport, there is a desk usually labelled “Visa on Arrival”. Proceed there with hard copies of the VoA approval letters for immigration clearance so you would be issued your visa.

Of course we would have sent you the Visa Approval Letter by now, which you must print out and present to the Immigration at the port of entry (Airport).

To Apply for Visa on Arrival Approval Through Us:

  1. Send the data page of your passport and flight itinerary to us via email: hello@destinali.com.

Proceed with your payment here.

You’ll receive the approval documents two days after payment.

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  • Jean-Pierre
    October 10, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Thanks for helping us visit from Canada in August. VoA was our last hope, and we’re exceedingly grateful that you assisted us to get it within 2 days.

    Special mention to Celestine. You were very helpful and particularly honest. Fantastic customer service. Good bless the entire Destinali Team.

  • FranciscahEkaales
    October 26, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    I need your help to visit scoan next month

    • Destinali Staff
      October 27, 2018 at 12:28 pm

      Hi Francisca,

      Kindly send a mail to hello@destinali.com with your proposed dates of visit, daily accommodation budget and passport data page so we can arrange your visit to Nigeria.


  • FranciscahEkaales
    October 26, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    I need your help to visit scoan next month,

  • Frank, US
    November 7, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    You guys are doing a great job. Really helpful as a last minute resort after the Nigeria Immigration almost frustrated our business trip. I must say I was initially skeptical dealing with Destinali, but you guys proved to be reliable and honest.

    I paid for 3 (me and two others), and was surprised to receive the documents same day! We had wasted more than 3 weeks with the Nigerian Immigration without success. Glad I found you guys and highly recommend. Hope to do business with you again in the future.

    NB: Special mention to Celestine, you’re such a cool and wonderful guy. How do I give you a tip? ?

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