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 at http://www.reiseregistrering.no/.
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 websites.
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 [email protected]
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 client.
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 coronavirus.
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 Health Institute.
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. According to allcitycodes, Nigeria area code is +234.
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.