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.

Our services

Visas

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.

Book an appointment for an emergency travel document Lagos

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.

Complete list of Funeral Directors in Nigeria

Complete list of Medical Facilities/Practitioners in Nigeria

Travel Advice

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.

Legalisation Service

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

General information and links for British nationals who live 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:

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

Our people

Dr Andrew Pocock

Dr Andrew Pocock

British High Commissioner to Nigeria

Contact us

British High Commission Abuja

19 Torrens Close, Mississippi, Maitama Abuja
Abuja
Nigeria

Opening Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8am-4pm.
Friday: 8am-1pm

Access and opening times

British Deputy High Commission Lagos

Consular, and Visa Sections
11 Walter Carrington Crescent
Victoria Island
Lagos
Nigeria

Opening hours to the public:

Monday to Thursday: 8.30 am to midday; Friday: 8.30 am to 11 am (GMT +1)

Access and opening times