Visas

Application Procedure / How to apply for Transit Visa

Note: Obtainable at Nigerian Missions

The NIS does not have control over the activities or timelines of concierge or Agents patronised by Visa Applicants.

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
On Arrival
  • Passport valid for not less than 6 months with at least 2 blank visa pages for endorsement.
  • Two (2) recent passport sized (35/40mm) photograph.
  • Confirmed ticket of connecting flight within 48hrs
  • Evidence of sufficient funds
At Nigerian Missions
  • Passport valid for not less than 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.
Validity
  • 48hrs for Transit Visa obtained on Arrival
  • 7 days Maximum period of stay for Transit Visa obtained at the Nigerian Mission.

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

 How to apply
    1. On Arrival at International Airport in Nigeria.
      • Submit request for Transit Visa
      • Make payment online

OR

  1. At the Nigerian Embassies/High Commissions/Consulates through the following procedure:

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.

  • Timeline
  • 2 – 3 working days from receipt of application
  • Fees

    See table of fees here.

  • Note: Gratis if arrived on board a Nigerian Carrier.
  • *Decision on applications shall be communicated through applicant’s email, postal address or telephone number(s) supplied on the application form.

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
  • 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.
  • 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.

 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.

Timeline

2 – 3 working days from receipt of application.

Fees

See table of fees here.

Application Procedure / How to apply for Business Visa

Obtainable at Nigerian Missions, except for special cases where Visa is issued on Arrival in Nigeria (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.

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.

Timeline

2 – 3 working days from receipt of application.

Fees

See table of fees here.

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

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.  The application shall be attached with 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

Application for TWP can also be submitted via this email address: oa@nigeriaimmigration.gov.ng

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.
Timeline for CGI’s approval

Maximum of 48 hrs from receipt of application.

Fees

See table of fees here

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: Applicant(s) may be invited for interview

Validity

90 Days

NB: Applicant(s) can be invited for interview

 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.
Timeline 

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

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
  • Accredited Diplomats and their families
  • Holders of United Nations / International Agencies Diplomatic Passport and Laisser Passez
Requirements
  1. Diplomatic, Official or Standard (for dependants of Diplomats) passports valid for not less than six (6) months with at least two blank visa pages for endorsement.
  2. Two (2) recent passport-sized (35/40mm) photograph
  3. Note Verbale from Foreign Ministry of applicant’s home country or appropriate International Organization.
Validity

Valid for 90 days

How to Apply for Diplomatic Visa

Step 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 Diplomatic Visa

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.

Timeline

2-3 working days from receipt of application.

Fees

Issued “Gratis” at Nigeria’s Missions Abroad