Entry requirements

This page has information on travelling to Nigeria.

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Nigeria set and enforce entry rules. If you’re unsure how Nigeria’s entry requirements apply to you, contact its UK embassy, high commission or consulate.

All travellers

You will need a valid visa to enter or travel through Nigeria as a visitor.

See Visas section for more information.

You may be asked to take part in thermal screening and/or travel history checks when arriving into Nigeria. This is to assist the Nigerian Government in the detection of diseases of public health importance.

All passengers travelling to Nigeria should complete the health questionnaire either on board the aircraft before landing or on arrival at the airport.

If you’re transiting through Nigeria

All passengers travelling to Nigeria in order to transit to another country, must also register and complete the online pre-boarding health declaration at the Nigeria International Travel Portal.

On arrival all passengers will be screened by Port Health Officials and be required to provide full contact details.

The above guidance applicable to fully vaccinated or not fully vaccinated travellers, should be followed for all transit passengers, including those staying in the airport (airside), or passing through immigration (sometimes known as a layover).

Check your passport and travel documents before you travel

Passport validity

If you are visiting Nigeria, your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date you arrive.

If you are a resident in Nigeria, your passport must be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive.

Check with your travel provider to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Visas

You should get a valid visa before travelling.

Some business travellers might be eligible to apply for a visa on arrival. Applications for a visa on arrival must be made in advance and applicants must obtain a pre-approval letter from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) before travelling. Guidance on applying for a visa on arrival is available on the NIS website.

If you have a valid Nigerian residence permit (CERPAC or Green Card) you don’t need a visa to enter Nigeria.

For further information on entry requirements, contact the Nigeria High Commission in London.

Yellow fever certificate requirements

Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK ETDs are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Nigeria providing they are endorsed with the appropriate visa.