We strongly advise all visitors/participants to arrange their visas and book flights and accommodation early due to processing times and the high level of demand throughout the year.
Most nationals from foreign countries will need a visa to enter Nigeria. The only exception are those traveling from ECOWAS countries which are listed below.
Visa exemption list:
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Côte d’Ivoire
- Sierra Leone
We can assist with the process by providing an invitation letter to be added to your documentation when applying for your visa. Please state whether you are a visitor or exhibitor when you send your request for this letter.
For more information on the visa process please contact your embassy.
Yellow Fever Requirement
Vaccination against yellow fever is required for people coming through the yellow fever belts of Africa and South America. A valid Yellow Fever certificate is required for all passengers older than one year coming from an affected area. However we recommend that ALL foreign nationals bring a certificate with them, irrespective of whether they have come from an endemic area or not. We also recommend that you check with your travel agent.
The best way to travel in Nigeria is by hiring a taxi or a chauffeur driven car. Driving yourself is not advised due to the limited road signage in the area. Taxi's can be hired from the roadside and chauffeur driven limousines are available at airports and most hotels. A target price would be in the region of N1500 per hour (approximately $10) with a two hour maximum if going to more than one destination.
Things you should know
Nigeria is a fast paced, vibrant society that is safer than external perceptions might indicate. Here are a few points to be noted:
Nigeria's water supply is improving however it is recommended to only consume water from sealed water bottles. Most good hotels provide a courtesy bottle to guests.
The currency in Nigeria is the Naira. There are approximately N150 to US$1.
Almost all hotels in Nigeria require you to pay before you get your key. Typically you are requested to pay 125% of the room rate and you will be refunded when settling the bill on your departure. There is merit in paying your bill using cash as some hotels, when presented with a card for payment, convert the naira sum using their own currency rate which can result in as much as a 15% increase in the cost.