Nigerian Visa Requirements, Cost and Validity Period

Last updated on February 8th, 2024 at 01:32 pm


The Nigerian visa is a valid travel document that grants you access to Nigerian soil. In addition to a passport, visitors are required to have a visa.

To initiate your entry process into Nigeria, you will need to obtain a visa from a Nigerian embassy, commission, or consulate in advance from the country you are coming from.

Unlike The Gambia, which grants free visa entry to Nigerians and some other African countries, Nigeria has different visa requirements.


A visa is generally required to visit Nigeria, except for citizens of ECOWAS member states who may be eligible for a visa waiver. However, it’s important to note that this waiver is not entirely free.

Types of Nigerian Visa

Diplomatic Visa

A diplomatic Visa is specifically reserved for Heads of State and their families, top officials of Government like ministers and their families, accredited Diplomats like Ambassadors, High Commissioners and their families, and Holders of United Nations / International Agencies Diplomatic Passport and Laisser Passez.

Tourist Visa

This kind of visa is designed for citizens of all countries except ECOWAS Nationals who do not require the visa to visit Nigeria.

Nationals of another country (except ECOWAS ) who are visiting Nigeria to visit some beautiful places in Nigeria will have to apply for a Nigerian tourist visa.

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Temporary Work Permit (TWP)

Temporary Work Permit is designed for expatriates invited by Corporate Bodies to provide 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.

Most of the foreign site engineers working with RCC, Julius Berger and other foreign-linked companies in Nigeria apply for TWP visa.

Transit Visa

The Nigerian Transit Visa is available to foreign travellers entering Nigeria for an onward destination outside the country.

Nigerian Business Visa

Business Visa is available to foreign Travelers who wish to visit Nigeria for Meeting, Emergency/Relief work, Conference, Trade Fairs, Seminar, Contract Negotiation, Marketing, Sales, Purchase distribution of Nigerian Goods, , Job Interviews, Training of Nigerians (Humanitarian Services) etc whose visit is linked to a specific business.

Subject to Regularization (STR) Visa

Nigerian Subject to Regularization visa is available to expat employees of Companies and their dependents, missionaries / Clerics and their dependents, foreign Students, Research Fellows, and expatriate Technical officials of Missions.

Validity period

Nigerian Visa (types)Validity
Diplomatic Visa90 days
Tourist Visa90 days
Temporary Work Permit90 days
Transit Visa7 days
Business Visa90 days
Subject to Regularization Visa90 days


  • Invitation letter from Nigeria addressed to the Mission
  • Copy of passport from the host
  • Copy of driver’s licence from the host
  • Affidavit
  • Copy of certificate of incorporation from host if it’s a business or church trip
  • Hotel reservation
  • Flight itinerary
  • One coloured passport-size photo with a white background
  • Valid passport (6 months before expiry) and copy of data page
  • Copy of resident permit or exemption certificate
  • Certified copy of Identity card
  • Recent bank statement (minimum depends on your country’s currency) which should be stamped
  • Letter of request for a visa by the applicant
  • Yellow fever certificate and copy
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Then you’ll be required to fill the form online at and print

Pay online and print the receipt

How much is the Nigeria visa fee?

The Nigerian visa fees largely depend on the type of visa and the country from which you are applying. But generally, here is the Embassy Multiple Visa Fee for applicants from the U.S. and the United Kingdom

The UK

  • Single entry valid for 6 months: US$144
  • Multiple entry valid for a year: US$472
  • Multiple entry valid for 2 years: US$944
  • Multiple Entry 5 Years: US$2360

United States:

  • Single entry valid for 6 months: US$160
  • Multiple entry valid for a year: US$160
  • Multiple entry valid for 2 years: US$160

Do UK citizens need a visa to visit Nigeria?

Yes, citizens of the United Kingdom need a valid visa to visit Nigeria. However, if you possess a valid Nigerian residence permit (such as a CERPAC or Green Card), you do not need a visa to enter Nigeria.

Assuming you’re applying for Nigeria’s tourist visa from the UK, the following fees apply and depending on the validity:

  • Single entry valid for 3 months: 498 GBP
  • Single entry valid for 6 months: 755 GBP
  • Multiple entry valid up to a year: 650 GBP

Note: A service charge will apply if you’re using a travelling agent. To be sure of any changes please visit Nigeria High Commission in London.

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