Unless you are from the West African sub-region or from a country with special visa waiver agreements with Nigeria, you will require a visa to enter Nigeria. Applying for and getting a Nigerian visa is easy once you know the application process and meet the requirements. The process and requirements are largely the same for all Nigerian embassies/consulates or high commissions, with just slight differences for some.
The most common visa types are tourist and business visas. Others are Temporary Work Permit (TWP), Subject to Regularization (STR), Transit Visa, Diplomatic Visa and Visa on Arrival.
Requirements/Checklist for Nigerian Tourist Visa
The Nigerian tourist visa is issued to visitors who want to visit friends and family in Nigeria or for the purpose of tourism. It is valid for 90 days (i.e. three months). To apply for an entry tourist visa to Nigeria, you will need to meet the following requirements:
- Passport valid for at least 6 months with at least 2 blank visa pages for endorsement.
- Two recent passport photographs (white background)
- Evidence of sufficient funds (3 months bank statement)
- Address of host in Nigeria or hotel reservation confirmation
- Letter of Invitation from host in Nigeria.
These are broadly the general requirements for processing a Nigerian visa. However, some countries/embassies require other specific requirements in addition to the above, such as yellow fever vaccination.
For instance, here are more specific Nigerian visa requirements and application procedure for South Africa and the United States.
Visa processing duration too varies for different countries and processing centres. It could be as fast as 5 days or up to 3 weeks (or even longer), as the case may be.
Additionally, most embassies require appearance in person while some don’t necessarily require your visit. Also, some countries/embassies may require biometric (the United States for instance require a visit to the embassy and biometric capturing).
How to Apply for a Nigerian Visa
If you have the visa requirements (with a Nigerian visa invitation letter), here is how you can apply for a Nigerian visa:
- Fill the online application form on the Nigerian Immigration website. After completion of application, print out the completed form and sign on it.
- Proceed with payment of the visa fee (online) and print out the payment receipt.
- Attach 2 passport sized photographs to completed Visa Form IMM22, along with the other requirements (letter of invitation, reservation confirmation, etc.) and submit to the Nigerian High Commission/Embassy/Consulate.
You can find Nigerian embassies/high commissions for all countries with their addresses and contacts here.
After submitting your application, you may be invited for a visa interview within a few days, after which you should get your visa. Nigerian tourist visa is valid for 90 days (three months).
Nigerian Visa Fees
The visa fee depends on the applying country (your nationality). There is also an additional $20 processing fee. So if the visa fee for your country is $60 for instance, you will end up paying a total of $80.
Here is the full list of Nigerian visa fees for all countries:
|COUNTRY||SINGLE ENTRY||MULTIPLE ENTRY|
|Antigua and Barbuda||US$148||US$148* No|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||US$50||US$100|
|Central African Republic||US$67||US$335|
|Costa Rica||US$20||US$20* No|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||US$3||US$3* No|
|El Salvador||US$3||US$3* No|
|Equatorial Guinea||US$3||US$3* No|
|Hong Kong S.A.R., China||US$64||US$64|
|Marshall Islands||US$65||US$65* No|
|North Korea||US$46||US$46* No|
|Papua New Guinea||US$2||US$2* No|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||US$19||US$19* No|
|Saint Lucia||US$19||US$19* No|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||US$19||US$19* No|
|Sao Tome and Principe||US$50||US$100|
|Saudi Arabia||US$46||US$46* No|
|Solomon Islands||US$2||US$2* No|
|South Korea||US$30||US$30* No|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Gratis||Gratis|
|United Arab Emirates||US$150||US$300|
Nigerian Visa on Arrival
If you can’t get a Nigerian visa at the embassy in your country of residence, it is possible to get a Nigerian visa on arrival (VoA). Here is how to apply for a Nigerian Visa on Arrival.
With a visa on arrival, you don’t need a visit to the embassy, you only need to fill an online application, pay the visa fee and then wait for an approval letter from the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service.
But before you fill the online application for Nigerian visa on arrival, you will require the following documents:
- A letter of self-introduction/application
- Flight itinerary (with a valid return ticket)
- Passport data page of applicant (with at least 6 months validity)
- Two recent passport photographs
- Duly completed online visa on arrival application form
- Online visa payment receipt
Host Company (Nigeria) Requirements
- An Invitation Letter from a registered/incorporated company or organization in Nigeria
- CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission) certificate (business registration/incorporation document) from the host company in Nigeria.
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If you have all the above requirements ready, you may now submit your application for a Nigerian visa on arrival (VoA). After submitting your application, print out your application form and sign where applicable. Then, proceed with the online visa payment.
After payment, print out the payment receipt and acknowledgement slip, and wait to receive an approval from the Nigeria Immigration Service via email in two working days.
If your VoA application is approved, you should get a letter of approval (like above) within 48 hours. You cannot travel to Nigeria without the Letter of Approval; you will be denied entry.
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In a nutshell, you can get a Nigerian visa at the embassy in your country of residence or on arrival. However, you will need to strictly comply with the visa application requirements and process in both cases in order to have your visa approved.
If you apply for a Nigeria visa on arrival, then you must obtain a letter of approval from the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration before travelling. This letter is evidence of visa approval and what qualifies you to enter Nigeria.
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