Visas

Application Procedure / How to apply for Transit Visa

Note: Obtainable at Nigerian Missions

Eligibility
  • Transit Visa is available to citizens of all countries except ECOWAS Nationals who do not require visa to visit Nigeria and other countries which Nigeria has entered into visa abolition agreements.
  • Foreign Travelers wishing to enter Nigeria for onward destination outside the country.
Requirements
  • Passport valid for at least 6 months with at least 2 blank visa pages for endorsement.
  • Two (2) recent passport sized (35/40mm) photograph.
  • Confirmed ticket to destination outside Nigeria.
  • Evidence of sufficient funds.
  • Evidence of Hotel Reservation.
Validity

7 days Maximum period of stay.

Caution: Note that this Visa is not valid for employment.

 

Fees

See table of fees here.

 

Timeline

2 – 3 working days from receipt of application

 

How to apply

Step 1Apply online. Complete the online visa application here and print completed form.

Step 2Pay online here and print payment receipt.

Step 3Affix 2 passport sized (35/40mm) photographs on white background to completed Visa Form IMM22, along with the other requirements and submit through any of the following:

  1. Via Post to the Embassy/High Commission/Consulate of Nigeria where applicant is Resident
  2. In person at designated Visa Application Centre (where applicable) or,
  3. In person at the Embassy/High Commission/Consulate of Nigeria where applicant is Resident

Note: Applicant may be invited for interview if necessary.

Application Procedure / How to apply for Tourist Visa

Eligibility

Tourist Visa is available to citizens of all countries except ECOWAS Nationals who do not require visa to visit Nigeria and other countries which Nigeria has entered into visa abolition agreements.

Categories:
  1. Foreign Travellers who wish to visit Nigeria for the purpose of Tourism.
  2. Foreign Travellers who wish to visit family and friends.
Requirements
  • Foreign Travellers who wish to visit Nigeria for the purpose of Tourism.
    1. Passport valid for at least 6 months with at least 2 blank visa pages for endorsement.
    2. Valid return ticket.
    3. Evidence of sufficient funds.
    4. Evidence of Hotel Reservation.
  • Foreign Travellers who wish to visit family and friends.
    1. Passport valid for at least 6 months with at least 2 blank visa pages for endorsement.
    2. Valid return ticket.
    3. Evidence of sufficient funds
    4. Address of host in Nigeria or Evidence of hotel reservation.
    5. Invitation letter from host in Nigeria.
Validity

Valid for 90 days

Caution: Note that this Visa is not valid for employment.

Fees

See table of fees here.

Timeline

2 – 3 working days from receipt of application.

How to apply

Step 1:

Apply online.

Complete the online visa application here and print completed form.

Step 2:

Pay online here and print payment receipt.

Step 3:

Affix 2 passport sized photographs to completed Visa Form IMM22, along with the other requirements and submit through any of the following:

  1. Via Post to the Embassy/High Commission/Consulate of Nigeria where applicant is Resident
  2. In person at designated Visa Application Centre (where applicable) or,
  3. In person at the Embassy/High Commission/Consulate of Nigeria where applicant is Resident

Note: Applicant may be invited for interview if necessary.

Application Procedure / How to apply for Business Visa

Note: Obtainable at Nigerian Missions, except for special cases where Visa on Arrival is allowed (See VoA)”

Business Visa is available to citizens of all countries except ECOWAS Nationals who do not require visa to visit Nigeria and other countries which Nigeria has entered into visa abolition agreements.

 

Eligibility

Foreign Travelers who wish to visit Nigeria for the purpose of Meeting, Conference, Seminar, Contract Negotiation, Marketing, Sales, Purchase distribution of Nigerian Goods, Trade Fairs, Job Interviews, Training of Nigerians (Humanitarian Services), Emergency/Relief work, Crew members, Staff of NGOs, Staff of INGOs, Researchers, Musical Concerts.

 

Requirements
  • Passport valid for at least 6 months with at least 2 blank visa pages for endorsement.
  • Two (2) recent passport sized (35/40mm) photograph.
  • Return ticket.
  • Evidence of sufficient funds.
  • Evidence of Hotel Reservation/host address in Nigeria.
Validity

Validity of stay is 90 days (not extendable)

Caution: Note that this Visa is not valid for employment.

 

Fees

See table of fees here.

 

Timeline

2 – 3 working days from receipt of application.

 

How to apply

Step 1

Apply online

Complete the online visa application here and print completed form.

Step 2:

Pay online here and print payment receipt.

Step 3:

Affix 2 passport sized photographs to completed Visa Form IMM22, along with the other requirements and submit through any of the following:

  1. Via Post to the Embassy/High Commission/Consulate of Nigeria where applicant is Resident
  2. In person at designated Visa Application Centre (where applicable) or,
  3. In person at the Embassy/High Commission/Consulate of Nigeria where applicant is Resident

Note: Applicant may be invited for interview if necessary.

Application Procedure / How to apply for Temporary Work Permit (TWP)

Eligibility

Experts invited by Corporate Bodies to provide specialized skilled services, such as after sales Installation /Commissioning/ Upgrading/Maintenance/Repairs of equipment and machinery, Training /capacity building for Nigerian staff, Audit of machinery/ equipment and financial records

 

Requirements for Temporary Work Permit
  • Visa approval Letter (pre-approved visa letter) valid for 90 days from the date of issuance
  • Passport with 6 months validity and at least 2 blank pages for visa endorsement
  • 2 passport sized photographs (35/40mm) on a white background taken within the last 6 months.
  • Duly completed Visa Form IMM22
  • Evidence of payment of Visa fee

 

Validity

90 Days

NB: Applicant(s) can be invited for interview

 

Fees

See table of fees here

Timeline for CGI’s approval

Maximum of 48 hrs from receipt of application.

How to Apply

Step 1:

  1. Corporate Body in Nigeria files a formal request to the CGI on your behalf stating the following:
  • Name of visitor
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Purpose and duration of visit
  • Mission where Visa is to be issued
  • Acceptance of Immigration Responsibility

2.  Corporate Body in Nigeria shall attach the following documents in support of the application:

  • Company profile*
  • Certificate of Incorporation*
  • CAC 2 & 7*
  • Copy of Data page of the Expatriate’s Passport
  • Evidence of existing contract or purchase / importation of machinery or equipment
  • Any other relevant document

NB: In the case of TWP, approval will be forwarded to the Mission receiving the application.

*These requirements are for first time applications only.

 

Step 2:

Pay online here and print payment receipt.

NB: Successful online payment is NOT AN APPROVAL for TWP

 

Step 3:

Affix 2 passport sized photographs to completed Visa Form IMM22, along with the other requirements and submit through any of the following:

  1. Via Post to the Embassy/High Commission/Consulate of Nigeria where applicant is Resident
  2. In person at designated Visa Application Centre (where applicable) or,
  3. In person at the Embassy/High Commission/Consulate of Nigeria where applicant is Resident.

Application Procedure / How to apply for STR

Eligibility
  1. Expatriate employees of Companies and their dependants
  2. Expatriate Technical officials of Missions
  3. Foreign Students
  4. Missionaries / Clerics and their dependants
  5. Research Fellows
  6. Expatriate Staff of Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and their dependants
  7. Expatriate Staff of International Non Governmental Organisations (INGOs) and their dependants
  8. Government Officials (GOs) and their dependants
  9. Expatriates employed by companies operating in Free Zones and their dependants
Requirements

For Principal

  • Formal application for STR Visa from the Employer / Institution accepting Immigration Responsibility
  • Valid Passport with a minimum of 6 months validity and at least 2 blank pages for visa endorsement
  • 2 passport sized photographs (35/40mm) taken within the last 6 months on white background
  • Duly completed Visa Form IMM22
  • Expatriate Quota Approval *
  • Evidence of financial support
  • Letters of Offer of Appointment and Acceptance of Offer
  • Educational qualifications and Curriculum Vitae
  • Extract of Board Resolution**

Note: * Persons exempted from Quota: Expatriates of companies operating in the Free Zones, Foreign Students, Expatriate Technical Officials of Missions, Expatriates of International Non Governmental Organizations (INGO) and Government Officials

 

** Applicable to CEOs, MDs and GMs of Companies

 

Important  ***Application for STR Visa should be made at Country of Residence ***

 

For Dependents

  • Evidence of Regularization of Principal*
  • Marriage Certificate of Spouse
  • Birth certificate for children confirming nexus

Note: *Where arrival of Principal precedes arrival of spouse

 

Validity

90 Days

NB: Applicant(s) can be invited for interview

Timeline 

Maximum of seven (7) days from receipt of application.

How to Apply

Step 1:

  1. Apply online and complete the online visa application form IMM22 and print two (2) copies of the completed form.

Step 2:

Make online payment  here and print your payment receipt.

NB: Successful online payment is NOT AN APPROVAL for STR

Step 3:

Affix 2 passport sized photographs to completed Visa Form IMM22, along with the other requirements and submit through any of the following:

  1. Via Post to the Embassy/High Commission/Consulate of Nigeria where applicant is Resident
  2. In person at designated Visa Application Centre (where applicable) or,
  3. In person at the Embassy/High Commission/Consulate of Nigeria where applicant is Resident.
Fees

See table of fees here

Application Procedure / How to apply for Diplomatic Visa

Eligibility
  • 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 Laisser passez
  • 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