Health

Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.

Check the latest country-specific information and advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website or from NHS (Scotland) on the fitfortravel website. Useful information and advice about healthcare abroad is also available on the NHS Choices website.

Medical facilities in some parts of Nigeria may only be very basic. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. The British High Commission publishes a list of medical providers.

You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

There have been 3 outbreaks of cholera in north-east Nigeria in 2018. You can find more information on the TravelHealthPro website.

Serious tropical illnesses like malaria, typhoid, Lassa fever and yellow fever occur in Nigeria. There are continuing reports of Lassa fever in several states. You should monitor local media for updates.

UK health authorities have classified Nigeria as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

The World Health Organisation declared Nigeria free of Ebola on 20 October 2014, following 20 confirmed cases earlier in the year.