Visa Policy

In line with the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria, notable Business men (frequent travelers) and top management staff of Multinational organizations are being issued entry visas at points of entry.

Similarly, citizens of countries with which Nigeria has visa agreements are being issued entry visa at points of entry.

CATEGORIES OF VISAS AVAILABLE TO EXPATRIATES DESIROUS OF TRAVELING TO NIGERIA FOR VARIOUS REASONS & PURPOSES

Nigerian Visas are obtained in the Countries where applicants are domiciled or the nearest Nigerian Mission nearest to their Countries of residence.

  • Transit Visa / Entry Permit

Who qualifies?

  • Transiting passengers with confirmed Visa to onward destination other than Nigeria
  • Seamen/Pilots 

Requirements for the issuance of Transit Visa

  • Valid passport with minimum of 6 months validity
  • Valid visa to onward destination outside Nigeria
  • Confirmed Airline ticket to final destination
  • Evidence of funds
  • Direct Transit Visa (airside) / Entry Permit

Who qualifies? 

  • Transiting passengers with confirmed Visa to onward destination other than Nigeria 
  • Seamen/ Pilots signing on 

Requirements for the issuance of Direct Transit Visa (airside)/ Entry Permit

  • Passport with minimum of 6 months validity
  • Valid visa to onward destination outside Nigeria
  • Confirmed Airline ticket to final destination
  • Evidence of sufficient funds

Validity 

  • Validity of stay is 48 hours. 
  • Not valid for employment

Business Visa / Entry Permit

Who qualifies?

Business men and Investors coming to Nigeria for business discussions Obtainable from Nigerian Missions abroad 

Requirements for the issuance of Business Visa / Entry Permit

  • Evidence of sufficient funds
  • A valid return ticket
  • Acceptance of IR (Immigration Responsibilities)
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to maintain one's self in the country
  • A letter of invitation from a company in Nigeria, accepting full immigration responsibility

Validity 

  • Validity of stay is 90 days but extendable - Not valid for employment
  • Tourist Visa / Entry Permit

Who qualifies? 

  • Persons wishing to visit Nigeria for the purpose of tourism
  • Individuals who want to visit family members 

Requirements for the issuance of Tourist Visa / Entry Permit

  • Valid passport with minimum of 6 months validity
  • Valid Visa to onward destination
  • Valid Airline return ticket
  • Evidence of funds
  • Evidence of Hotel reservation
  • Acceptance of IR (Immigration Responsibility)

Validity

  • Not valid for employment
  • Diplomatic Visa / Entry Permit

Who qualifies?

  • Visiting Heads of States and their families
  • Top officials of Government and their families
  • Diplomats and their families
  • Holders of United Nations Diplomatic Passport and Laisse passes
  • Members of accredited Diplomatic Missions
  • Members of International organizations
  • Members of accredited International non-governmental organizations 

Requirements for the issuance of Official / Diplomatic Visa / Entry Permit

  • Valid standard, official or diplomatic  passports
  • Note Verbale
  • Obtainable from Nigerian Missions abroad

Subject to Regularization Visa / Entry Permit

Who qualifies? 

Expatriates employed by individuals, corporate bodies or governments (i.e. to take up employment in Nigeria)

Requirements for the issuance of STR Visa / Entry Permit

  • Valid passport with minimum of 6 months validity
  • Letter of employment
  • Expatriate quota approval
  • Credentials of the applicant
  • Duly completed form IMM 22
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • For chief executive officers (C.E.O) of corporate organizations, there is need for extract of the minutes of the Board's resolution
  • Obtainable only from Nigerian Missions in the countries where applicants are domiciled for at least six (6) months
  • Receipt of online payment of visa fee.

Temporary Work Permit Visa / Entry Permit

Who qualifies?

  • Experts invited by corporate bodies to provide specialized skilled services, such as after sales installation , maintenance, repairs of machines & equipment

Requirements for the issuance of Temporary work permit (TWP)

  • Confirmed Airline Return ticket
  • Acceptance of IR (Immigration Responsibility) by inviting organizations or individual.
  • Obtainable only from the office of the Comptroller General of Immigration in the Nigeria Immigration Service Headquarters, Abuja.

Explanatory Note:

IR means acceptance of Immigration Responsibility which includes but not limited to

  • Accommodation/feeding
  • Transportation
  • and if need be the cost of repatriation or deportation

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