Travelling to Nigeria FAQ
Do I need a visa to enter Nigeria?
Passport holders of ECOWAS member countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo can enter Nigeria visa-free. Citizens of other countries without a Nigerian or ECOWAS passport are required to obtain a visa. We recommend the Visa on Arrival program for business purposes. To obtain this visa, you must complete the application online and pay an appropriate fee 3 weeks before you arrive in Nigeria. Details of the fees can be found here. If you do not obtain a visa, you cannot enter Nigeria. More information about the program may be found on the Nigerian Immigration Services website.
What vaccines do I need to enter Nigeria?
Proofs of polio and yellow fever vaccines are required. It is highly recommended to obtain either a vaccine or pills to prevent malaria. These vaccines are available at your local Department of Health. This proof must be uploaded to the Nigeria International Travel Portal. More travel health notices for US citizens may be found on the CDC’s website.
What is Nigeria’s COVID protocol for those entering the country?
Visitors who have received a full dose of a COVID vaccine at least 2 weeks prior to travel need to submit their proof of vaccines in the Nigeria International Travel Portal. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test 48hrs before departure and conduct days 2 and 7 post-arrival PCR tests. These passengers must pay for their PCR tests through the NITP before departure.
Which airport should I fly in to?
The nearest airport to the conference location is Murtala Muhammad International Airport (LOS).
When should I arrive in Lagos? When should I leave?
We recommend arriving in Lagos on May 5th and leaving on May 12th. You are welcome to extend your trip to tour the city. Any costs incurred outside of CaPTC-funded activities will be the traveler’s responsibility.
How much does it cost to travel to Nigeria?
As of January 31st, flights to Nigeria cost between $1,200 to $1,500 USD. While AORTIC does not endorse a specific airline, we recommend using Google Flights to find a comprehensive list of available flights.
What is the currency in Nigeria?
The local currency is the Nigerian Naira. The posted conversion rate as of January 31st is $1 USD to N460. Since the rate changes on a daily basis, please consult OANDA. Please note that conversion fees may be taken out; therefore you may receive less than the posted rate.
What is the weather like in Lagos?
It is very hot and humid. Lagos is a highly populated city, which may make the temperature feel hotter. The temperature in May is roughly 90 F during the day and 75 F at night. May is also considered the rainy season, so prepare for changes in weather throughout the day.
Additional Information for US Citizens
Should I register my trip with the U.S. Embassy?
Yes, we highly encourage all travelers to register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This is a free program that will alert the local embassy of your travel and help in case of an emergency.
Where is the U.S. Embassy located?
The nearest consulate office to the conference location is U.S. Consulate General Lagos.
2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Telephone: +(234) (0) (1) 460-3400 (Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(234) (0) (1) 460-3400