British High Commissioner to Nigeria
Our Political Section is responsible for political relations between the UK and Nigerian Governments.
They monitor the political situation in Nigeria and seek to strengthen the bilateral relationship.
The Consular Section at the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos, and our consular network throughout the country, provide assistance to British nationals visiting or living in Nigeria. All consular assistance enquiries should be directed to Lagos, please check below for contact details and opening hours.
You can find information about applying for a visa on our UK visa website. Here you will find information on whether you need a visa, the requirements for each visa category, the cost, guidance on how to apply for your visa and a link to information on your nearest visa application centre.
Should you need to ask a question about the visa application process you will also find telephone, email and webchat contact details on our website. Please be aware that staff at the high commission and staff at the consular and passport call centres, are unable to assist with visa enquiries.
Emergency consular assistance (24 hours)
For emergency assistance, such as in the event of the death, assault, arrest or hospitalisation of a British national, call + 234 (1) 277 0780/0781/0782 and follow the instructions to be connected with consular officers.
If you are calling from the UK about a British national in Nigeria, call our Consular Assistance Team in London on + 44 (0) 207 008 1500.
Emergency travel documents
We may be able to provide an emergency travel document (ETD) if you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, you should contact the British Deputy High Commission Lagos as soon as possible.
For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at your nearest consulate using the links below. Please call your nearest consulate for advice before making an appointment if:
- you have never applied for a British passport before
- you are applying on behalf of a child
An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.
Births, deaths and marriages
Information on how you can register a birth or death which occurred overseas, and legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.
Information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling abroad, with links to our embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic posts across the world.
How to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.
Living in Nigeria
Support and information when a British national is detained or arrested
If a relative or friend is detained or arrested while you are in Nigeria, the Prisoner Pack gives details of the legal and prison systems.
List of lawyers
A list of English speaking lawyers who may be able to help you with official transactions in Nigeria. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British High Commission Abuja or the UK government.
Consular fee list
UK law says we have to charge fees for some services.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above, for British nationals needing emergency consular assistance, we can:
- provide information about transferring funds
- help people with mental illness
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child protection and abductions, kidnappings or someone who is missing abroad and how to make a missing persons report
- provide consular assistance to British nationals who are victims of rape or serious sexual assault or any other serious crime
- help in contacting your family or friends when you are not able to do yourself because you are ill, in hospital, have been arrested etc
- provide advice following the death of a British national outside of the UK, where possible we will try to notify the next of kin
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
- offer support and information when a British national is detained or arrested outside the UK
What consulates cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
- help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
- give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases
- get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
- pay any bills or give you money
- make travel arrangements for you, find you work, accommodation, or make business arrangements on your behalf
- get involved in private disputes over property, employment, commercial or other matters
- renew or replace a full British passport
British Deputy High Commissioner Abuja
British Deputy High Commission Lagos