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Nigeria Visa Information

ilorin central mosque in NigeriaTo enter the country of Nigeria, you must have a valid United States passport. Prior to departing the US, you must also apply for and receive your Nigerian visa. While you can obtain a “visa upon arrival” at the airport, this is only possible if you have made prior arrangements through official Nigerian channels before travel.

Note: Your visa and passport must be presented both upon entry to Nigeria as well as upon departure.

All visa applications take 10 business days to process. A visa fee of $160 plus a $30 processing fee is applicable for every single-entry visa or multiple-entry visa. All fees are processed through money order made payable to the Embassy of Nigeria. Additional fees are applied if expedited processing is required.

Include a return prepaid express envelope for mailed application. The Nigerian embassy is closed every Friday.

Nigeria Tourist Visa

To obtain a Nigerian tourist visa, you need to present the following as part of the application process:

  • A passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity
  • A completed visa application form
  • Two recent passport-sized photos
  • A "Letter of Invitation" from a host or sponsoring company in Nigeria accepting immigration responsibility
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to support the duration of your stay in Nigeria
  • A Visa Payment Receipt and Visa Acknowledgement Receipt from the Nigeria Immigration Service

In addition to the items listed above, a visa officer can request further information from a visitor when he thinks it is necessary for the process. Having a full record of your itinerary (hotel, airline, etc.) is advisable. An interview conducted by the consulate may also be necessary.

Tourist visa holders are allowed to stay for 90 days. The visa is valid for 3 months from date of issue.

Complete and submit the Nigeria visa application form with the rest of the requirements mentioned. You can do this yourself or contract a visa expediting service in order to rush your Nigeria visa application.

In a hurry? Apply online for expedited visa service

Nigeria Business Visa

There are two types of Nigerian Business Visas. For each, an applicant must provide all of the same documents as the Tourist Visa listed above.

Applicants are charged a visa fee of $160 for single-entry visa or multiple-entry visa. Payments are made by money order (made payable to the Embassy of Nigeria) or via the Nigeria Immigration Service webpage. Applicants must also pay an additional $30 processing fee.

A letter from the company or business organization must be submitted with the application stating the reason of the visit. Business visa is valid for 3 months and holder can stay up to 90 days.

There are several additional requirements depending upon the type of Nigerian Business Visa you are looking to obtain.

Nigeria Temporary Work Visa

To obtain a Nigerian Temporary Work Permit (TWP), you must also include the following with your application:

  • A printed copy of your completed visitors pass application form
  • A copy of the "Letter of Approval" from the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service
  • A letter from the company in Nigeria requesting your temporary work permit.

Nigeria Business Visa Subject to Regularization

To get a Nigerian Business Visa Subject to Regularization (STR), you must also include the following with your application:

  • A completed visa form in quadruplicate
  • Four recent passport photographs
  • Four copies of letter of Expatriate Quota Approval from Ministry of Interior
  • Four copies of credentials, certificates and curriculum vitae, all vetted by a relevant official of Nigerian High Commission/Embassy (English Certified translated copy where applicable)
  • Four copies of offer Letter of Employment
  • Four copies of Letter of Acceptance of employment, signed by expatriate

Nigeria Student Visa

For those who want to obtain Nigeria Student Visa, applicants must submit all of the same documents and materials as the Nigerian Tourist Visa. Students must also obtain a copy of their student identification card accompanied by letter from the educational institution where they will be attending

About the Author: For over 20 years, the U.S. Passport Service Guide team has helped hundreds of thousands of travelers with their travel document questions and shared advice about how to make traveling abroad simpler, safer, and more enjoyable.

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