When you hear about Africa, Nigeria is one of the countries that you will probably immediately think of. After all, it is considered the most populous and richest country on the continent, thanks to the oil industry.
However, among the glitz and glamor of a very urbanized life and Nollywood (the African version of Hollywood!), Nigeria is also home to more than 250 ethnic groups and is one of the places with the oldest traces of human existence.
Quick Facts About Nigeria
Nigeria tourist visa requirements
- A printed version of the duly completed application form
- 2 passport photos, affixed to the printed version of the application form
- A passport valid for at least 6 months and with 2 blank visa pages
- An official typed letter stating the purpose of your visit and your itinerary, signed and dated, addressed to the Nigerian High Commission in London
- Valid return ticket
- Financial statements showing that you have sufficient funds to travel to Nigeria
- Hotel booking confirmation
Step-by-step procedure when applying for a tourist visa in Nigeria
1. Go to oisservices.com and make sure all items on the checklist are completed before proceeding with your application
2. Make an appointment online with the Integrated Solutions Office
3. Complete the Nigerian visa application form online and print it out
4. Pay online using this link and print the proof of payment from this link
5. Attach 2 passport photos to the completed form, collect your documents
6. Submit it to the online Integrated Solutions office on the date of your appointment and have your biometric data collected at the same time (this is an integral part of your application)
7. Be on hold if you can be invited for a quick interview at the embassy
8. Get your visa once it’s approved and you’re ready to go!
Where to submit your Nigerian tourist visa application
Frequently Asked Questions About Nigeria
1. How long will it take to get my tourist visa?
You can expect the Visa Processing Center to process your application for at least 5 business days after receiving the application.
You can also have it shipped for a minimum of 2 business days.
2. How much does it cost to apply for a tourist visa to Nigeria?
Here is a breakdown of the cost of applying for a tourist visa:
- For the OIS service fee to be paid when submitting the application. You can pay with a card at the counter or purchase a money order that must be paid to OIS Services.
- Single entry visa application
- The additional cost of for those wishing to expedite their visa application. You can pay by mail money order to pay to the High Commission of Nigeria
3. How long is my tourist visa valid for?
Your Nigerian tourist visa is valid for up to 90 days upon issue and allows you to enter the country within 6 months.
4. Can I extend my stay in Nigeria?
Yeah, sure! If you want to extend your stay in Nigeria, you can apply for an extension at Nigerian Immigration 56 days after your arrival in the country and pay a fee sufficient to cover the number of days you want to extend your stay.
5. Can I apply for a job in Nigeria on a tourist visa?
No! Their immigration website makes it clear that a tourist visa is not valid for employment.
6. What happens if I exceed the duration of my visa?
If you do not extend your visa in Nigeria after staying in the country for 56 days, you may have to pay a high fee of up to!
7. Is it safe to stay in Nigeria?
As in any other country, Nigeria has its fair share of Unfortunate Events that have made it onto the travel advice list of many countries.
But of course, like most countries in the world, Nigeria can be considered safe. As a foreigner, you will have no difficulty walking freely through the streets of the big cities and will be able to leave your vigilance, despite what negative articles might say.
Lowering your vigilance does not mean that you have to let go completely in Nigeria. You should always keep a certain level of vigilance with you wherever you go. Avoid traveling to places where there would be a high level of assassin activity and monitor the travel advisories imposed by your country most of the time so that you have a guide on where you can go.