Practical advice for Nigeria

GENERAL

Democratic Status

Stable Democracy

Media Freedom

Mostly Respected

Religious Freedom

Respected

GETTING TO NIGERIA

Flights

Regular, mostly daily flights to both Lagos and Abuja from Accra, Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cairo, Dakar, Dubai, Houston, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, Madrid, Nairobi, New York, Paris, amongst other destinations. Arik Air is Nigeria’s biggest carrier, however most major international airlines fly to both Lagos and Abuja.

GETTING AROUND LAGOS

Public transport in Lagos can be dangerous, and is not recommended by Hip Africa. Taxis and long distance buses are often poorly maintained, uninsured and driven by unlicensed drivers. Most major hotels (and the airport) offer cars for hire with drivers: this is the safest and best way to get around Lagos.

Taxis

There are several cab companies servicing Lagos, using both metered and fixed fares, and they generally accept cash:

Red Cab. Taxi Service ☎ +234 700 073 3222

Orange Cabs. Taxi Service ☎ +234 791 7202, 234 702 911 9504, 234 819 116 6926

Taxi apps

Easy Taxi

Uber

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Recommended Insurers: World Nomads www.worldnomads.com

SAFETY AND TRAVEL RISKS

Crime

There are high levels of violent street crime (muggings, kidnappings, car-jackings and armed robbery).

Avoid carrying valuables, take all sensible precautions and strictly follow any particular safety advice you get from locals/employers/hosts/hotel staff.

If feasible, avoid travelling around after dark, especially in isolated areas.

Ethnic Violence

Low risk.

Terrorism Threat Level

Some risk.

The main terrorist threat in Nigeria comes from Islamist extremist groups Boko Haram and Ansaru.

Northern Nigeria: Terrorist attacks occur particular in the north east (Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Gombe states). Major urban centres  such as Bauchi, Kanu, Kaduna and Abuja, are also particularly at risk. Traveling in the north of Nigeria could result in kidnapping, or being caught up in a terrorist or violent incident.

Official Travel Warnings

Northern Nigeria: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all travel to Borno State, Yobe State, Adamawa State, Gombe State and Bauchi State where there are frequent violent attacks. Recent attacks have increasingly focused on public places, including bars and restaurants, resulting in a large number of injuries and deaths. The FCO advises against all travel to Kano City and Okene City, which see frequent high levels of violence.

The Niger Delta States: The FCO advises against all travel to the riverine areas (ie the river and swamp locations on or close to the coast accessible by boat, but not by road) of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, and Cross River states. The FCO advise against all travel to Warri city.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • West Africa is one of the world’s major hubs for internet scams. Be extremely cautious if you have received correspondence over the internet i.e a job offer, a business partnership or any request for a face-to-face meeting in Nigeria. Scams come in many forms from romance to employment opportunities, and can pose a great financial risk to victims.
  • Buy African art and antiques, but make sure you get written authorisation from the Department of Antiquities, in order to legally take them home with you.
  • Photography of government, military buildings and airports may lead to arrest.
  • Try and break your bank notes into smaller denominations before buying fruits and other snacks.
  • If considering fertility treatment in Nigeria, beware of staged fake births (commonly known as ‘miracle babies’) which have resulted in visitors being falsely led to believe that they have given birth.
  • In Lagos, eating, smoking or using a mobile phone while driving and riding a motorcycle without a helmet are prohibited. Motorists face fines or imprisonment for violations.

Immigration Essentials

VISAS
Visa Requirements Checklist:
  • Valid passport with minimum of 6 months validity
  • Visa Application form (online visa application form: www.immigration.gov.ng)
  • Valid return air ticket
  • Evidence of funds
  • Evidence of hotel reservation
Costs

Costs are dependent on visa type and processing time.

Contacts

Nigeria High Commission London: www.nigeriahc.org.uk/visa-requirements

Nigerian Embassy Paris: nigeriafrance.com

Nigerian Embassy Washington D.C: www.nigeriaembassyusa.org

Visa on arrival

Not available.

Health

DISEASES TO WATCH OUT FOR
Malaria

Risk present throughout the country, Malaria tablets recommended. Be sure to pack mosquito repellent. 

STAYING HEALTHY
Sun

Sun in Nigeria can be very intense. Be sure to protect yourself at all times.

Drinking Water

It is not safe to drink water from the taps in Nigeria, always opt for bottled water that is sealed.

Food

When eating street food, always stick to roasted foods and sealed fruits.

Vaccinations

Mandatory

Yellow Fever certificate

Recommended

Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Poliomyelitis; Tetanus; Typhoid

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