Nigeria Visa Policy

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Visa Policy for Nigeria

The Nigeria visa policy identifies travel restrictions for the African country for foreign nationals from all over the world. It determines who may enter the country without a visa and which citizens need a visa for Nigeria.

Regardless of whether or not a visa for Nigeria is required, all foreign visitors to the country are required to have a passport with a minimum validity of 6 months to gain entry.

Current regulations state that approximately 60 nationalities do not need a visa for Nigeria for varying periods of stay. Nationals of a large number of countries in Africa are granted visa exemption for Nigeria for an unlimited period of stay due to freedom of movement agreements.

Business travelers from roughly 120 countries are eligible to apply for an e-Visa for Nigeria through a simple online application, which removes the need to complete extensive visa on arrival paperwork at a border checkpoint.

Applicants for a Nigeria e-Visa for business are able to complete an online form in just a few minutes, upload some supporting documents, and pay a visa fee using a credit or debit card to submit an application. A Nigeria online visa is usually processed within 2 business days, and, once approved, is sent to the traveler via email.

Those eligible for a business e-Visa who wish to visit Nigeria for other purposes are also able to submit an online application for a Nigerian work visa, tourist visa, or transit visa. However, they will still be required to attend a Nigerian embassy or consulate in person to finalize the request. Additionally, around 45 nationalities require a Nigerian embassy visitor’s visa regardless of the motive of travel.

There are not currently any Nigeria visa bans in place for any foreign nationalities.

These different visa types for Nigeria are outlined in further detail below.

Tourist Visa Policy for Nigeria

The tourist visa policy of Nigeria states that citizens of over 180 countries are required to have an approved visa to visit the country for tourism. This may be either a tourist visa on arrival or a tourist visa obtained from a diplomatic government office of Nigeria.

Roughly 50 nationalities are able to expedite the process of applying for a visa for tourism from an embassy by submitting an electronic tourist visa application form and submitting the relevant supporting documentation online. It is necessary to begin this process well in advance of the intended date of arrival in Nigeria to ensure sufficient processing time.

However, it is still necessary to visit their nearest Nigerian embassy or consulate in person once the online application has been processed in order to attend a consular interview and finalize the request.

Roughly 20 nationalities, mostly citizens of other African countries, are eligible to obtain a visa on arrival for tourism at Nigerian immigration checkpoints. They may be issued for varying periods of tourist stay depending on the nationality of the traveler.

Find below more information about these tourist visa types for Nigeria.


Travel visa restrictions for Nigeria identify up to 120 nationalities who are able to obtain a Nigerian electronic visa through a simple online application protocol.

This simplified process can be completed in a matter of minutes and eliminates the need to wait in long lines at the border to apply for a visa on arrival or visit an embassy or consulate in person to submit supporting documents.

The Nigeria e-Visa was implemented by the Nigerian Immigration Service to facilitate entry to the country for business travelers and investors. An approved online Nigeria visa is issued as a single entry e-Visa and permits a stay of 30 days in the country. It is valid for 14 days to enter Nigeria from the date of issue.

To apply for a Nigeria visa online, eligible individuals are able to complete a simple electronic form with basic personal data, passport information, and travel details, They must also upload a few supporting documents online and pay a Nigeria e-Visa processing fee before they can submit the application.

Once approved, an electronic business visa for Nigeria is sent to the applicant by email. They can then print a copy to present upon arrival at a Nigerian border checkpoint alongside the same passport they used to apply.

Check if you can apply for an e-Visa for Nigeria by browsing the list below.

EVISA: Country list

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Central African Republic
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • North Korea
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor Leste
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Visa On Arrival

Nigerian rules and regulations regarding visa policy identify up to 20 nationalities who are able to apply for a visa on arrival for Nigeria at a border entry checkpoint of the country. These include citizens of a number of other countries in Africa.

A visa on arrival is granted for a maximum stay of 90 days in Nigeria for most nationalities, most often as a tourist visa, business visa, or transit visa.

The protocol of obtaining a Nigeria visa on arrival requires the visitor to go directly to border control after disembarking their transportation and wait in an immigration queue to be given an application by Nigerian authorities.

They must then complete this application form with a range of personal details, passport information, and travel plans. They must also supply a number of supporting documents in paper form and pay the mandatory visa on arrival fee before the application can be submitted for processing.

As the process of applying for a visa on arrival often involves long waiting times to obtain the form and receive approval, travelers are advised to apply for an e-Visa for Nigeria in advance if it is available for their nationality and they are visiting the country for business purposes.

Find out if your nationality can obtain a Nigerian visa on arrival by browsing the list below.

Visa On Arrival: Country list

  • Kenya

Embassy or Consular Visa Required

Current Nigeria immigration requirements state that around 45 nationalities must have an approved embassy or consular visa to visit the country, no matter the period of stay or purpose of the travel.

An embassy visa for Nigeria may be issued for a variety of periods of permitted periods of stay and validity. This depends on nationality as well as if the traveler requires a tourist visa, business visa, work visa, student visa, transit visa, resident visa, or other visa option.

To apply for a Nigeria embassy visa, it is first necessary to make a consular appointment at the nearest Nigerian diplomatic government office. The traveler will then be required to complete a visa application form to bring to the embassy interview alongside a variety of supporting documents.

The supporting documentation requested will depend on the type of Nigeria visa the visitor requires. They will also be required to pay a mandatory Nigeria visa fee before the application will be accepted for processing.

Please note that it may take several weeks for a Nigerian consular travel visa to be processed and approved. Therefore, travelers are advised to begin the application protocol well in advance of their expected date of arrival in Nigeria.

Discover below a full list of countries that need a visa from an embassy to visit Nigeria.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required: Country list

  • Aland Islands
  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Aruba
  • Bermuda
  • Bonaire
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Cook Islands
  • Curacao
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guernsey
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Montserrat
  • New Caledonia
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Reunion
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Sint Maarten
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Tokelau
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United Kingdom
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Wallis and Futuna

Visa Not Required

The immigration policy of Nigeria currently identifies over 60 countries whose citizens do not need a visa for Nigeria for varying periods of visa-free stay depending on their nationality.

Passport holders from the majority of African countries are permitted freedom of movement to Nigeria for an unlimited period of stay.

Diplomatic or service category passport holders from Brazil, China, Namibia, or South Africa are also granted visa-exempt entry to Nigeria, as are holders of a diplomatic passport issued by Turkey.

Individuals in possession of a Chinese public affairs passport are allowed a maximum visa-exempt stay of 30 days. Additionally, holders of an expired Nigerian passport are granted visa-exemption as long as they also have a current valid foreign passport.

In order to gain visa-free entry to Nigeria, it is simply necessary to present an eligible passport valid for at least 6 months upon arrival at a Nigerian immigration checkpoint.

To visit Nigeria for longer stays or purposes other than those permitted visa-free, visa-exempt nationals are required to apply for a visa from a Nigerian diplomatic government office in advance of travel.

Discover a complete list of visa-free nationalities for Nigeria below.

Visa Not Required: Country list

  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Chad
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Ivory Coast
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Togo

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