Living in Nigeria

Information for British nationals living in Nigeria, including information on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more.


This guide sets out essential information for British national residing in Nigeria, including advice on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more. We are unable to provide any guidance on general lifestyle enquiries apart from the information and links listed below. See our information on what the British High Commission can and cannot do for British nationals. This information supplements the travel advice for Nigeria.


You should follow the advice of the Nigerian government and your local authority. You can also read Nigeria travel advice for our latest guidance.

For information on getting a COVID-19 vaccine as a UK national in Nigeria, see our coronavirus travel advice..


You are strongly advised to take out comprehensive medical insurance before travelling to Nigeria. Medical standards do differ from the United Kingdom and you will be required to pay for any medical treatment that you receive.
There are private medical facilities but these may be expensive. Local general Hospital’s may be crowded and shortages in medical material may hinder medical practice. Some Teaching hospitals have private as well as public wards.


Schools in Nigeria teach in English and some offer a British curriculum. Education is provided by the State as well as the private sector. However the standard of education in the both government owned and private schools is variable. Corporal punishment is practised in some schools. Information on education in Lagos State can be found on the Ministry of Education website and the Association of International School Educators in Nigeria.

Entry and residence requirements

You will require a visa to visit Nigeria; this can be obtained at the Nigerian High Commission. You can also find information on visit and residence visas on the Nigerian Immigration website.

Driving licences and vehicles

Foreign nationals are allowed in Nigeria using their foreign licences for three months and international licence for a period of one year. During this time they are expected to apply for a Nigerian driver’s license. Information can be found on the Federal Road Safety Commission website.


There are many banks in Nigeria – local, British and foreign owned. The requirements for opening an account do vary. Credit cards are accepted in major hotels and restaurants in Lagos. Information on taxation can be found on the Federal Inland Revenue Service website.

Sponsoring family members

A resident British national can sponsor their family member to live in Nigeria as long as all immigration requirements are met. Information can be found on the Nigerian Immigration website.

Social ethics and traditions

English is the official language and is widely spoken among other languages. Conservative attitudes exist in Nigeria and homosexuality is illegal. Female Genital Mutilation is practiced in many parts of Nigeria. If you are concerned that you or someone you know is at risk, contact the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office or the British Deputy High Commission Lagos.


This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the British High Commission by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. The FCDO and the British High Commission will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.

Published 4 March 2015
Last updated 22 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. Coronavirus section added with a link to guidance on vaccines.

  2. First published.