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Nigeria Travel Information

According to iamhigher, Nigeria is a country in Africa bordering Benin, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Nigeria has been independent from the United Kingdom since 1960. The capital of Nigeria is Abuja. Some major cities in Nigeria are: Lagos (former capital), Enugu, Gusau, Ibadan, Oyo and Kano.

Nigeria is known as a densely populated country where the population largely lives from agriculture, livestock and fishing. The population is also known for the many criminal organizations that are involved in credit card fraud worldwide. The main hub of the economy is oil production in the country. This determines no less than 75% of the state’s revenue. The landscape of Nigeria is mountainous with rainforests in several places. Deep in nature live elephants, giraffes, lions and hippos. In addition, the country has a beautiful coastline where you sometimes have a view of drilling rigs that provide oil extraction.

Where is Nigeria located?

Travel information of Nigeria

Official name: Federal Republic of Nigeria
Continent: Africa
Area: 923,768 km²
Capital: Abuja
Country code: NG, NGA
Population: 214,028,302 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Federal Republic
Highest point: 2,419 m (Chappal Waddi)
Distance (Amsterdam – Abuja): 4,792 km
Flight time: approximately 6 hours

Travel advice
Current status: All travel to certain areas in Nigeria is discouraged.
Current color code: Orange and red. Due to this status, a partial negative travel advice
is in effect for Nigeria.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place in Nigeria that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs in Nigeria, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Nigeria. If you want to put together your own trip or are looking for separate travel components such as hotels, airline tickets and a rental car, please visit our travel offer page.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Nigeria?

Weather and climate
Nigeria has a tropical climate. Temperatures around the coast are around 25 to 35 degrees all year round. Inland temperatures fluctuate around 30 to 40 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Nigeria can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Nigeria can be found at Climate info.

Best time
January, November and December are the best months to travel to Nigeria. This will avoid the hot and rainy months.

English and Hausa are both an official language in Nigeria. In addition, there are many different local languages.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months when applying for a visa.
A visa is required. You can apply for this via the website of the Embassy of Nigeria in The Hague at

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Nigeria:
Dutch consulate in Nigeria:
Nigerian Embassy in the Netherlands:
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Nigeria, it is mandatory to get vaccinated against yellow fever.
In addition, there are one or more vaccinations that are recommended.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Malaria occurs in Nigeria. Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.

Money and Currency
In Nigeria, payments are made with the Nigerian naira (NGN).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Nigeria can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
Prices in Nigeria are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -51% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (73% cheaper), food (35% cheaper), imported beer in catering (58% cheaper), cigarettes (90% cheaper) and public transport (88% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Nigeria it is customary to give a tip of approximately 5%.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 1 hour earlier in Nigeria.
During our winter time there is no time difference.
Nigeria has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Nigeria can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Nigeria you have to drive on the right.
To drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Nigeria, you must have an international driver’s license. The international driver’s license is available at an ANWB shop.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Nigeria.

Electricity In Nigeria you may need a travel plug
in some cases. More information about common plugs and sockets in Nigeria can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 199
– Fire: 199
– Ambulance: 199

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Nigeria can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Nigeria can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Nigeria end
Nigeria official website:

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Nigeria is 00234 or +234.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Nigeria? Then use the Dutch country code 00931.
(If you use a country code, you must leave out the first 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Nigeria.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Nigeria.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Nigeria.

An overview of all public holidays in Nigeria can be found on

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Nigeria, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Nigeria?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Nigeria. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Nigeria can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Nigeria can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Nigeria? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported to Nigeria.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Nigeria, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On you will find a large amount of information about Nigeria, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Nigeria.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: Maximum allowed alcohol content is 0.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Not allowed (death penalty).
– Clothing: Wearing camouflage clothing is prohibited.

Did you know that…
…So-called Nollywood films are made in Nigeria?
…Football is the most popular sport in Nigeria?
…Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa?
…Nigeria is the country with the most butterfly species?
…Nigeria has the longest bridge in Africa?

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