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Nigerian Visa Requirements and Application

Nigerian Visa: Requirements, Application and Support

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:

  1. Passport valid for at least 6 months with at least 2 blank visa pages for endorsement.
  2. Two recent passport photographs (white background)
  3. Evidence of sufficient funds (3 months bank statement)
  4. Address of host in Nigeria or hotel reservation confirmation
  5. 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:

  1. Fill the online application form on the Nigerian Immigration website. After completion of application, print out the completed form and sign on it.
  2. Proceed with payment of the visa fee (online) and print out the payment receipt.
  3. 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:

COUNTRYSINGLE ENTRYMULTIPLE ENTRY
AfghanistanGratisGratis
AlbaniaUS$60US$200
AlgeriaUS$50US$50
AndorraUS$68US$68* No
AngolaUS$2US$2* No
Antigua and BarbudaUS$148US$148* No
ArgentinaUS$60US$100
ArmeniaUS$60US$200
AustraliaUS$141US$176
AustriaUS$88US$110
AzerbaijanUS$78US$78
BahamasUS$19US$19
BahrainUS$45US$45
BangladeshUS$253US$253
BarbadosGratisGratis
BelarusUS$68US$68
BelgiumUS$88US$110
BelizeUS$200US$200
BeninUS$0US$0
BhutanUS$68US$68* No
BoliviaUS$2US$2* No
Bosnia and HerzegovinaUS$50US$100
BotswanaUS$114US$114
BrazilUS$20US$20* No
BruneiUS$45US$45* No
BulgariaUS$50US$50* No
Burkina FasoUS$0US$0
BurundiUS$100US$200
CambodiaUS$68US$68* No
CameroonUS$3US$3* No
CanadaUS$75US$150
Cape VerdeUS$0US$0
Central African RepublicUS$67US$335
ChadUS$3US$3* No
ChileUS$200US$200* No
ChinaUS$64US$64
ColombiaUS$3US$3* No
ComorosUS$20US$20* No
CongoUS$111US$224
Costa RicaUS$20US$20* No
CroatiaUS$50US$100
CubaUS$54US$54
CyprusUS$30US$30* No
Czech RepublicUS$88US$110
Democratic Republic of the CongoUS$3US$3* No
DenmarkUS$88US$110
DjiboutiUS$3US$3
DominicaUS$20US$20
Dominican RepublicUS$20US$20
EcuadorUS$3US$3* No
EgyptUS$45US$45* No
El SalvadorUS$3US$3* No
Equatorial GuineaUS$3US$3* No
EritreaUS$2US$2* No
EstoniaUS$60US$200
EthiopiaUS$2US$2* No
FijiUS$2US$2* No
FinlandUS$88US$110
FranceUS$88US$110
GabonUS$2US$2* No
GambiaUS$0US$0
GeorgiaGratisUS$200
GermanyUS$88US$110
GhanaUS$0US$0
GreeceUS$88US$110
GrenadaUS$3US$3* No
GuatemalaUS$3US$3* No
GuineaUS$0US$0
Guinea-BissauUS$0US$0
GuyanaUS$3US$3* No
HaitiUS$3US$3* No
HondurasUS$3US$3* No
Hong Kong S.A.R., ChinaUS$64US$64
HungaryUS$50US$100
IcelandUS$68US$68
IndiaUS$253US$253
IndonesiaUS$245US$245
IranUS$3US$3* No
IraqUS$3US$3* No
IrelandUS$170US$235
IsraelUS$169US$169
ItalyUS$88US$110
JamaicaUS$20US$20* No
JapanUS$36US$36
JordanUS$50US$100
KazakhstanUS$60US$200
KiribatiUS$3US$3* No
KosovoUS$50US$100
KuwaitUS$3US$3
KyrgyzstanUS$60US$200
LaosUS$4US$4
LatviaUS$60US$200
LebanonUS$100US$200
LesothoUS$64US$64
LiberiaGratisGratis
LibyaUS$26US$40
LiechtensteinUS$68US$68
LithuaniaUS$60US$200
LuxembourgUS$88US$110
MacedoniaGratisGratis
MadagascarUS$3US$3* No
MalawiUS$39US$39* No
MalaysiaUS$6US$6
MaldivesUS$2US$2* No
MaliUS$0US$0
MaltaUS$26US$40
Marshall IslandsUS$65US$65* No
MauritaniaUS$58US$58* No
MauritiusUS$2US$2* No
MexicoUS$32US$32
MoldovaUS$60US$200
MonacoUS$2US$2* No
MongoliaUS$26US$72
MoroccoUS$89US$266
MozambiqueUS$50US$50
MyanmarUS$2US$2* No
NamibiaUS$66US$66
NauruUS$4US$4
NepalUS$39US$39
NetherlandsUS$88US$352
New ZealandUS$2US$2
NicaraguaUS$2US$2
NigerUS$0US$0
NigeriaUS$0US$0
North KoreaUS$46US$46* No
NorwayUS$4US$62
OmanUS$46US$46
PakistanUS$68US$68* No
PalauUS$3US$3
PanamaUS$2US$2* No
Papua New GuineaUS$2US$2* No
ParaguayUS$2US$2* No
PeruUS$2US$2* No
PhilippinesUS$39US$78
PolandUS$51US$102
PortugalUS$73US$146
QatarUS$4US$4* No
RomaniaUS$100US$100* No
RussiaUS$84US$200
RwandaUS$4US$4
Saint Kitts and NevisUS$19US$19* No
Saint LuciaUS$19US$19* No
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesUS$19US$19* No
SamoaUS$3US$3* No
San MarinoUS$3US$3
Sao Tome and PrincipeUS$50US$100
Saudi ArabiaUS$46US$46* No
SenegalUS$0US$0
SerbiaUS$50US$100
SeychellesUS$4US$4
Sierra LeoneGratisGratis
SingaporeGratisGratis
SlovakiaUS$50US$100
SloveniaUS$50US$100
Solomon IslandsUS$2US$2* No
SomaliaUS$3US$3
South AfricaUS$58US$103
South KoreaUS$30US$30* No
SpainUS$95US$514
Sri LankaUS$40US$40
SudanUS$2US$2
SurinameUS$40US$40
SwazilandUS$58US$58* No
SwedenUS$78US$78
SwitzerlandUS$68US$203
SyriaUS$46US$46
TaiwanUS$50US$100
TajikistanUS$68US$68
TanzaniaUS$29US$29
ThailandUS$14US$39
Timor-LesteUS$68US$68* No
TogoUS$0US$0
TongaUS$64US$64
Trinidad and TobagoGratisGratis
TunisiaUS$32US$32* No
TurkeyUS$32US$32* No
TurkmenistanUS$60US$200
TuvaluUS$3US$3* No
UgandaUS$2US$2* No
UkraineUS$52US$52* No
United Arab EmiratesUS$150US$300
UruguayUS$60US$100
UzbekistanUS$60US$200
VanuatuUS$3US$3
VaticanUS$88US$110
VenezuelaUS$50US$50
VietnamUS$68US$68
Western SaharaUS$2US$2
YemenUS$46US$46
ZambiaUS$6US$6
ZimbabweUS$50US$140

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:

Applicant Requirements

  1. letter of self-introduction/application
  2. Flight itinerary (with a valid return ticket)
  3. Passport data page of applicant (with at least 6 months validity)
  4. Two recent passport photographs
  5. Duly completed online visa on arrival application form
  6. Online visa payment receipt

Host Company (Nigeria) Requirements

  1. An Invitation Letter from a registered/incorporated company or organization in Nigeria
  2. 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.

nigerian visa on arrival

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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