Nigeria Travel & Arrival Information

Visiting Nigeria

Arriving Nigeria New terminal Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos
New terminal Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos

Every foreign national needs a visa to visit Nigeria except citizens of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries. These countries are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone and Togo.

The visa free entry policy also covers holders of diplomatic or service category passports issued to nationals of Brazil, China, Namibia and South Africa, including holders of diplomatic passports issued to nationals of Turkey.

An agreement was signed in 2019 for visa free entry for holders of diplomatic and official passports of Vietnam (which is yet to be ratified). Holders of Chinese passports for public affairs do not require a visa for a maximum stay of 30 days.

A visa on arrival program for citizens of African countries came into effect in 2020. This is granted for a maximum stay of 90 days in Nigeria.

Holders of e-Visa can also obtain a visa on arrival, provided holding a visa application form and e-Visa application payment receipt and holding an invitation letter from Nigerian company.

Visa application can be initiated via the Nigerian Immigration Service Portal

Nigeria Entry Requirements

Below are the general requirements for entry into Nigeria, including covid 19 entry protocols.

COVID-19 Protocols for Entering Nigeria

Covid-19 Provisional Quarantine Protocol For Travellers Arriving Nigeria
New terminal Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos

Travellers to Nigeria are required to use an online Nigeria International Travel Portal to complete an online declaration form and upload a negative PCR COVID-19 test, taken not more than 72 hours prior to their departure, via the online portal. You will be issued with a permit to travel via the travel portal.

The following travel protocols came into effect 25 October 2021:

Covid-19 Provisional Quarantine Protocol For Travellers Arriving Nigeria

Details of the current Covid-19 Provisional Quarantine Protocol For Travellers Arriving Nigeria can be found here.

Air Travel

Nigeria is a major aviation hub in Africa. Murtala Mohammed International airport is the busiest airport in the Nigeria, and most international flights come in through Murtala Mohammed. There are other international aiports in Calabar, Enugu, Maiduguri and Sokoto which operate chartered flights to some international destinations. There are also airstrips that can land different types of aircraft, giving access to greater access to more locations, e.g. Bebi Airstrip at the Obudu Cattle Ranch and Resort.

Most major international airlines fly into Nigeria through Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt and Abuja. You can also get connecting flights to other towns and cities in Nigeria with local airports.

Airports in Nigeria

Murtala Mohammed Airport Domestic Wing (MM2), Lagos
Murtala Mohammed Airport Domestic Wing (MM2), Lagos


Name of Airport

Airport Type




Abuja FCTNnamdi Azikiwe International AirportInternational and DomesticAbujaDNAAABV
AdamawaYola AirportDomesticYolaDNYOYOL
Akwa IbomVictor Attah International Airport (Akwa Ibom Airport)International and DomesticUyoDNAIQUO
Eket AirstripAirstripEketDNEK
BauchiSir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa AirportDomesticBauchiDNBCBCU
Azare AirstripAirstripAzare
BayelsaBayelsa International Airport*International and DomesticYenagoa
BenueMakurdi Airport*DomesticMakurdiDNMKMDI
BornoMaiduguri International AirportInternational and DomesticMaiduguriDNMAMIU
Cross RiverMargaret Ekpo International AirportInternational and DomesticCalabarDNCACBQ
Bebi AirstripAirstripBebi
DeltaAsaba International AirportInternational and DomesticAsabaDNASABB
Warri Airport (Formerly Osubi Airstrip)DomesticWarriDNSUQRW
Escravos AirstripAirstripEscravosDN56
EdoBenin AirportDomesticBeninDNBEBNI

EnuguAkanu Ibiam International AirportInternational and DomesticEnuguDNENENU
GombeGombe Lawanti International Airport (Sani Abacha International)International and DomesticGombeDNGOGMO
Bajoga Northeast AirportAirstripBajogaDN54
ImoSam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport (SMICA)International and DomesticOwerriDNIMQOW
JigawaDutse International AirportInternational and DomesticDutseDNDS
KadunaKaduna International AirportInternational and DomesticKadunaDNKAKAD
Zaria Airport*DomesticZariaDNZAZAR
KanoMallam Aminu Kano International AirportInternational and DomesticKanoDNKNKAN
KatsinaKatsina AirportDomesticKatsinaDNKTDKA
KebbiKebbi International Airport (Sir Ahmadu Bello International)International and DomesticBirnin KebbiDNBK
Tuga AirstripAirstripTuga
KogiAjaokuta AirstripAirstripAjaokutaDN51
KwaraIlorin International AirportInternational and DomesticIlorinDNILILR
Bacita AirstripAirstripBacita

LagosMurtala Muhammed (MM I) International AirportInternationalLagosDNMMLOS
Murtala Muhammed (MM II) Domestic AirportDomesticLagosDNMMLOS
NigerMinna AirportDomesticMinnaDNMNMXJ
Bida AirstripAirstripBidaDNBI
Shiroro AirstripAirstripShiroroDN50
OndoAkure AirportDomesticAkureDNAKAKR
OyoIbadan AirportDomesticIbadanDNIBIBA
PlateauYakubu Gowon AirportDomesticJosDNJOJOS
RiversPort Harcourt International AirportInternational and DomesticPort HarcourtDNPOPHC
SokotoSadiq Abubakar III International AirportInternational and DomesticSokotoDNSOSKO
TarabaJalingo Airport (Danbaba Danfulani Suntai Airport)DomesticJalingoDNJA
YobeNguru AirstripAirstripNguru
Potiskum AirstripAirstripPotiskum
ZamfaraGusau AirstripAirstripGusauDNGUQUS
Airport names starred and airstrips do not have scheduled passenger service by commercial airlines.

Nigeria can be accessed through on one the major sea ports of Lagos (Apapa and Tin Can), Port Harcourt, Onne, Koko, Burutu, Warri, and Calabar.

By road, you can come into Nigeria through several authorized border posts from Benin Republic, Niger Republic, and the Republic of Cameroon.

When To Visit Nigeria

Nigeria is warm all year round. However, there are two distinct seasons - the rainy season and the dry. Normally, the rainy begins around March and ends in July with a peak in June, followed by a short dry break in August known as the August break lasting for two to three weeks in August. Rains resume in September and ends in November. The dry season in Nigeria typically runs from November to March. Typically, the hottest month in Nigeria is March while the coldest month is August. The wettest month is June while windiest month is August.

However, due to effects of global warming, there could be sporadic rains till January while the onset of the rainy season can be delayed beyond March.

Be it for conferences, business, leisure, sports etc you can visit Nigeria anytime without the need for warm clothing. During the rainy season, rain may inconvenience tourist who is keen on sight-seeing, for it could rain for seven days, especially in the coastal areas without a break

You can roam with your mobile phone in Nigeria on most mobile networks. Confirm roaming charges from your network provider before your trip. If you plan to stay long in Nigeria, you can purchase a SIM card for one of the major Nigerian Teelecoms companies - MTN, Glo, Airtel and Etisalat from major outlets. You will need a form of ID and address in order to register your SIM to activate your line.

Medical Services

As in many countries, medical services or hospital care are borne by visitors themselves. If any travel insurance plan exists in your country of origin, please take one. Many international HMOs have offices or representatives in Nigeria, hence are able to provide health insurance cover for policy holders travelling to Nigeria. Find out from your provider before your trip if you have cover while visiting Nigeria.

Private clinics and hospitals manned by qualified practitioners exist, even in rural towns. Government owned hospitals and teaching hospitals exist in major towns.


The main voltage in Nigeria is 220 volts. If you bring along any electrical equipment with 110 volts, remember to bring along a converter.

Nigeria operates a metric system, through the Imperial measure is still usually referred to. Cloth is sold in meters and yards, beef in kilograms, and petrol in liters. Distance is marked in kilometers, and temperature in centigrade.

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