As you may be aware, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has rolled out a new visa on Arrival Application Process for citizens of African countries.
Note: Visa on Arrival is available to citizens of all countries except ECOWAS Nationals who do not require visa to visit Nigeria and other countries which Nigeria has entered into visa abolition agreements.
How to Apply for Visa on Arrival (African Nationals)
- To begin your application, please visit the NIS portal at The Nigeria Immigration Service and select “Visa on Arrival”.
- Complete Application and make payments
- You will be required to upload the following original documents:
- Passport Photo
- Introduction/Application Letter
- Copy of Passport Data Page
- Copy of Airline Return Ticket
NB- Introduction/Application Letter should be addressed to “The Comptroller General of Immigration, NIS HQ, Abuja”. Stating the following:
- Name of Applicant indicating Nationality
- Passport number of Applicant
- Purpose of visit
- Proposed date of visit
- Proposed port of entry
- Flight itinerary
- Address in Nigeria or Hotel Reservation
- Once the application is submitted successfully, a printable receipt would be issued, with another copy sent to your email.
- The application would be processed, after which, an Approval confirmation and Approval letter would be sent to your email within 48hrs (2 working days).
Note: Successful online payment is not an approval. Applicant should not proceed to Nigeria until receipt of ‘Visa on Arrival Approval Letter’.
- Upon arrival at the Port of Entry, proceed to the desk marked ‘Visa on Arrival’ for Biometric Enrolment and issuance of entry Visa. Present the following documents in hard copy at the Port of Entry:
- Visa Approval Letter (Pre-approved visa letter), valid for 14 days from the date of issuance
- Evidence of online payment
- Valid Passport with a minimum of six months validity
- Valid return ticket
General Application Procedure / How to apply for Business visa
The Business visa is still obtainable at Nigerian Missions and is available to citizens of all countries
Foreign Travelers who wish to visit Nigeria for the purpose of Meeting, Conference, Seminar, Contract Negotiation, Marketing, Sales, Purchase distribution of Nigerian Goods, Trade Fairs, Job Interviews, Training of Nigerians (Humanitarian Services), Emergency/Relief work, Crew members, Staff of NGOs, Staff of INGOs, Researchers, Musical Concerts.
- Passport valid for at least 6 months with at least 2 blank visa pages for endorsement.
- Two (2) recent passport-sized (35/40mm) photographs.
- Return ticket.
- Evidence of sufficient funds.
- Evidence of Hotel Reservation/host address in Nigeria.
Validity of stay is 90 days (not extendable)
How to apply
Affix 2 passport sized photographs to completed Visa Form IMM22, along with the other requirements and submit through any of the following:
- Via Post to the Embassy/High Commission/Consulate of Nigeria where applicant is Resident
- In person at designated Visa Application Centre (where applicable) or,
- In person at the Embassy/High Commission/Consulate of Nigeria where applicant is Resident
Note: Applicant may be invited for interview if necessary.
2 – 3 working days from receipt of application.
Upon arriving at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, you may book a cab to transport you to your hotel. You may use an Uber, a Bolt or a local taxi (the drivers usually crowd the exit of the airport and so you should have no problem locating one should you prefer this option).
We, however, advise that you use an Uber or a Bolt for security purposes.
An average ride from the airport to any destination costs approximately N3,700 ($10)
Without any traffic congestion, your drive should take about 5-6 minutes but then again, this is the Federal Capital, so that’s wishful thinking. Realistically, it could take you about 5 – 15 minutes to get from the airport to the venue of #DRIF20. (NOTE: When going back home, please do not plan within this timeframe. We advise that you check-in online and leave the hotel at least 4 hours before your flight time).
Please, come with clothes for warm weather. Be prepared also for unexpected downpours, which can be sometimes followed by blazing heat. Temperatures outside on the days of #DRIF20 could be between 200C and 300C in the day, while temperatures may drop to 250C at night. If you would be doing some outdoor walking during the forum, we advise jelly flats, sneaker rain shoes, rubber slides, etc. You may also find a lightweight jacket, waterproof purse or backpack and a compact umbrella useful items to have. Indoors, during the forum, temperatures would be centrally controlled and would be between 250C and 250C in the conference area all day.
Nigeria’s currency is the Nigerian Naira and you can easily change your foreign currency to Naira right at the airport. Many hotels also provide currency exchange services. For current exchange rates, please refer here.