Nigeria Travel Information
The possibility of traveling in and out of Nigeria is
impossible or very limited. For more information about
coronavirus, see Health. Nigeria is also characterized
by unrest in several places in the country. For
travelers, there is generally the greatest risk
associated with crime and traffic accidents.
The security situation is serious in several places
in Nigeria. In parts of the north-east there is a high
risk of terrorist attacks. In parts of the Niger Delta
there is a high risk of crime such as robbery and
kidnapping. There is also a risk of violent crime and
kidnapping elsewhere in the country, but with great
local variation. Demonstrations and violent clashes
occur. The risk of crime is considered to be higher in
connection with holidays such as Christmas and New Year.
The security situation in Nigeria can change rapidly,
even in parts of the country other than the areas
mentioned in the travel council. Norwegian citizens
staying in or planning to travel to Nigeria are
therefore encouraged to contact the Abuja Embassy for
updated information and to register their travel or stay
If one is on a job assignment to Nigeria, the company
that one takes on a job will normally have a security
and emergency plan. It is important that this is
followed and that such a request is requested if it is
not received in advance.
It makes sense to seek advice on the current security
situation in the visitor area before traveling there,
and to seek advice at hotels and with people with local
knowledge where one is staying. Upon arrival in Nigeria,
visitors should have arranged airport pick-up in advance
where possible. In general, care should be taken when
staying in Nigeria, and it is recommended that
precautions be taken when it comes to valuables. If
possible, transport should be arranged in advance, and
preferably a rental car with a driver. Road traffic is
characterized by risky driving, and there are many
traffic accidents. Domestic aircraft may therefore be
preferable to road transport. However, when using
domestic aircraft, one should seek local advice before
choosing an airline.
- Countryaah: Abuja is the capital
of Nigeria. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Fraud and forgery are relatively widespread.
Internet-based scams are also widespread. Should one
receive an offer that is too good to be true, it is! If
in doubt, seek advice from local celebrities or contact
the embassy. Never try to get lost money back or contact
such actors. It can be very dangerous. Report it to the
police in Norway who can advise.
The Embassy also recommends consulting travel
agencies from the United States and the United Kingdom
as these countries have good and relatively fine-grained
local knowledge of the conditions in Nigeria on their
In crisis and emergency, the embassy in Abuja can be
contacted on +234 9291 5429 or +234 9291 5487. The
embassy is open at. 8-16 Monday through Thursday and
8-13 on Friday.
Outside the opening hours of the embassy, the
public can contact the UD's 24-hour operating center on
+47 23 95 00 00 or UDops@mfa.no
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens must have a visa to Nigeria. Visa
can not be obtained upon arrival in
Nigeria. Visas can be applied for at eg. Embassy of
Nigeria in Stockholm. This should be done well in
advance of departure. Application form for visa can be
downloaded from the web at http://www.nigerianembassy.nu/
Note that it is not possible to
enter Nigeria by emergency passport.
When planning shorter or longer work stays in
Nigeria, requirements for documentation, invitation
letters etc. must be checked with the employer or the
Normally, yellow fever vaccine and presentation of
vaccination cards are required upon entry. Other travel
vaccines are recommended and should be checked with a
physician (see the National Institute of Public Health).
Coronavirus (covid-19): The
possibility of entering and leaving Nigeria is
impossible or very limited. The possibility of health
care is very limited or non-existent.
The corona virus was detected on February 27, 2020 in
Lagos and spreads rapidly. Health services in Nigeria
are generally weak and have poor capacity, even in the
big cities. Norwegian citizens should keep abreast of
the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
Follow local authorities' advice, guidance and
instructions on how to deal with the situation,
including restrictions on entry and exit and rules on
arrival from abroad. Relevant information can be found
on the websites of the Nigerian Center for Disease
Control (NCDC) and the Federal Ministry of Health or on
twitter: https://twitter.com/NCDCgov and https://twitter.com/Fmohnigeria.
Authorities also provide information through local
media and it is necessary to contact the airline in
advance of departure.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
In Nigeria, there are several diseases that one must
protect against, such as malaria, HIV virus and polio.
There is a risk of zika. Lasso fever is endemic. Cholera
outbreaks occur. Preventive malaria and mosquito spray
tablets are recommended. One should drink bottled
mineral water or boil the drinking water.
For current travel vaccines and general information
on disease outbreaks and infection check the Public
There are private clinics of acceptable standard for
the treatment of common diseases. For more serious
diseases, hospitals abroad are recommended. Therefore,
it is important to have good travel insurance.
In most places there is no need to pay special
attention to local dress codes. However, when visiting
the mainly Muslim north, female visitors should dress in
half-length or long skirts or trousers. Seek advice from
local celebrities if necessary.
There are severe penalties for crime, drug possession
and the criminal offense of illegal import and export of
goods. Nigeria has import restrictions on a number of
commodity groups such as plants, fruits and vegetables,
furniture and textiles. There is also a ban on gay
practice, and it is strictly enforced.
Common administration and national languages are
English. In addition, there are a large number of other
languages in Nigeria. The major local languages are
Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo.
There is 220 volts alternating current, voltage
varies greatly and power outages occur frequently. There
is mobile coverage in most of the country. However, the
mobile network is unstable.
Nigeria follows both Christian and Muslim holidays.
National Day is October 1st.
Shops, banks and public offices normally open at. 9
a.m. or 2 p.m. 10. Banks and offices often close at.
Shops are open until late at night and on weekends.
Nigeria has a cash-based economy even though the use
of credit cards in cities is growing rapidly. It is
recommended that one bring USD or euro in cash for
exchange to local currency.
Norway and Nigeria are in the same time zone (GMT
+1), but when there is summer time in Norway there is an
hour time difference (Norway one hour ahead).
Climate: Dry season November - March. Rainy season
April - October.