Welcome to our travel information page. Here you’ll find loads of useful info to help get you prepared before setting off your tip.
Land & People
Nigeria with an estimated 140 million people is the largest black nation in the world. It is made up of 250 ethnic cultures with just as many dialects spoken. English is the official language and ‘pidgin’ or ‘broken’ English – a mixture of English and local dialect is widely spoken.
The tropical climate of the country varies from the coastal rain forest in the south to the semi-arid Sahel region in the north. May till mid-October is the rainy season, while the dry north easterly Harmattan wind prevails from November till March. Average daily temperature varies from 22 C to 36 C.
How To Get There
It is located in the eastern corner of West Africa close to central Africa making it accessible from all parts of the continent. Over 25 international airlines operate regular flights to Lagos, Kano, Abuja, Calabar and Port Harcourt. Domestic airlines operate from Lagos to major destinations within the country. It is well connected by road, sea and air to other countries in Africa.
All visitors to Nigeria are required to have a passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of departure and must obtain a valid entry visa except transit passengers with connecting flight provided they have onward documentation and do not leave the airport terminal. Citizens of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) do not require a visa and allowed in the country for up to six months. Visas must be obtained from your home country or nearest Nigeria embassy or high commission. Visa types include Single-entry tourist visa valid for up to six months; multiple-entry tourist visa valid for up to 12 months. Fees vary according to nationality. Visa application must be directed to the Consular Section at embassy or high commission near you. For visa fees and to apply online contact The Nigeria Immigration Service www.immigration.gov.ng Visa application generally takes at least 7 working days to process. You must provide a letter of invitation from Nigeria and evidence of sufficient funds to cover your stay. We issue letter of invitation and assist clients with their Nigeria visa application.
Personal effects and articles meant for personal use are duty free. Duty free allowance is 4 litres of alcohol, 200 cigarettes or 20 grams of tobacco and 284 ml. of perfume. When importing equipment such as cameras, videos, radios etc. that you intend to take back with you, it is important you notify the customs officials on entry
Vaccination against yellow fever is required. Anti-malaria prophylactics are strongly recommended. Vaccinations against meningitis, tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended. HIV/AIDS certification test is not required. Tap water is sometimes not purified. Visitors are advised to drink purified or bottled water while in the country. Visitors on medication should bring along adequate supply of drugs to last their visit. Public and private medical facilities are available but private facilities are recommended as most public hospitals and clinics are of poor standard and prone to shortage of drugs and medications.
Money & Currency
Local currency is the naira (=N=) divided into 100 kobo (K). Bank note denominations are =N= 5, =N= 10, =N=20, =N=50, =N=100, =N=200, =N=500, =N= 1,000. Coins are in denominations of ₦1 and kobo 25, 10, 5 and 1. There are no restrictions on the importation of foreign currencies. However, amounts over US$5,000.00 should be declared on entry to avoid delay when re-exporting currency after your visit. There are no restrictions on the export and import of local currency. Visitors are encouraged to pay hotel bills and other expenses in local currency due to fluctuating exchange rates.
Currency Exchange Rate
The official currency exchange rate of the Naira in terms of value against major international currencies fluctuates on a weekly basis. The Central Bank of Nigeria conducts weekly currency Dutch auction to determine the official exchange rate. Foreign currencies can be exchange at banks and bureau de change. However, trading on the ‘black market’ is allowed but not encouraged due to issues of fraud. Visitors are advised to exchange currency at the official rate and at authorized exchange facilities.
Use of payment by Card has recently been introduced with debit Cards widely in use for payment of utility bills and some services. However, most retail outlets do not accept Credit cards and Traveler’s Cheque due to prevalence of fraud. Some international airlines and hotel chains accept Credit cards especially MasterCard and Visa cards. Credit cards can be used at ATM machine mainly in urban areas to obtain payment in local currency. Traveler’s cheques can be exchanged mainly at banks.
Business & Banking Hours
Most banks and businesses are generally open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Mondays to Fridays. Some businesses and bank branches are opened on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Check with banks.
Public Holidays & Notable Dates
New Year January 01
Palm Sunday March 24
Good Friday March 29
Easter Sunday March 31
Easter Monday April 01
May Day May 01
Children’s Day May 27
Day Democracy May 29
Ramadan Begins July 09
*Eid-el- Fitr August 08
Independence Day October 01
*Eid-el- Kabir October 15
Islamic New Year November 04
Christmas Day December 25
Boxing Day December 26
New Year’s Eve December 31
*Movable dates are subject to government confirmation
Electric current in Nigeria is 220 / 240v, 50 hz. It is not unusual to experience electricity outages when in the country due to the inadequate supply of electricity. However, most establishments and households have back-up electricity generator in case of outages.
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What To Do
Nigeria offers a variety of activities to suite individuals and special interest groups. Untapped potentials exist in several areas. Some suggested activities include:
Adventure Travel Agriculture Archaeology Arts & Craft
Bird Watching Eco-tourism Ethnic Culture Fashion
Festivals Foods Hiking Music
Nature Trail Shopping Sports Soccer
Wetlands Textile Traditional Medicine Wilderness