Travel in Nigeria
Passengers will be asked to follow a number of additional health procedures, including the following:
- you must wear a mask or face covering
- all passengers’ temperature will be taken on arrival at the airport
- you are required to observe social distancing measures
- you will be asked to use hand washing facilities installed outside the airports
- your bags will be sprayed with decontamination fluids
Most states in Nigeria have introduced their own restrictions on movement. All travelers and residents in Nigeria are encouraged to monitor announcements by the Nigerian authorities on further restrictions, which may be introduced at short notice.
The Federal Government has relaxed the lockdown restrictions in place in Abuja and Lagos and replaced them with new requirements, including a nationwide daily night time curfew between midnight and 4am and the mandatory use of face masks in public.
You are responsible for organizing your own COVID-19 test, in line with any government testing requirements. You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities.
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Testing / Screening on arrival
Prior to departure, all passengers travelling to Nigeria must register and complete the on-line pre-boarding health declaration at the Nigeria International Travel Portal.
Passengers must have tested negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of their departure to Nigeria, and have uploaded their PCR test certificate to the on-line Travel Portal. Children under 10 years old are not required to upload a pre-arrival PCR test certificate.
Passengers must carry evidence of the test and result when they travel. Only a COVID-19 PCR test is acceptable to the Nigerian authorities.
All passengers, except children under 10, must also book and pay for a repeat PCR test for day 2 of their arrival in Nigeria at the Nigeria International Travel Portal. Partially or unvaccinated passengers must also book and pay for a day 7 post-arrival exit PCR test. Evidence of test booking will be required on arrival.
On arrival all passengers will be screened by Port Health Officials and be required to provide full contact details, including their address in Nigeria. The Nigerian government has said it will closely monitor whether passengers are following the quarantine measures and conducting the repeat PCR test.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated passengers must self-isolate for 7 days on arrival, until they receive a negative Covid-19 test result from their day 7 PCR test.
Anyone that has developed symptoms of coronavirus during their travel or later tests positive will be managed according to national guidelines for COVID-19 treatment. This may require quarantine at a government-monitored treatment centre.
Regular entry requirements
You should get a valid visa before travelling.
Some business travellers might be eligible to apply for a visa on arrival. Applications for a visa on arrival must be made in advance and applicants must obtain a pre-approval letter from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) before travelling. Guidance on applying for a visa on arrival is available on the NIS website.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Nigeria.
Yellow fever certificate requirements
Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website