Most travellers will require a visa to enter Nigeria, and obtaining one can be a rather cumbersome process. We recommend that you use the services of a visa agency such as Travcour for assistance.
Should you require proof of hotel reservation then we will be able to provide this.
Non-UK citizens may also require additional supporting documentation to support their visas. If this is the case then we may need to charge an additional fee for this.
Health and vaccinations
We are not medically qualified and so we recommend that you speak to your doctor or nearest health professional for advice concerning recommended vaccinations. For more advice on vaccinations you can also visit www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.
You will need to bring your Yellow Fever Certificate with you as this is a compulsory requirement of entry to Nigeria.
It is a condition of joining our tours that you have suitable travel insurance in place, and we cannot accept travellers without insurance. All policies differ in terms of what they will cover, but as a minimum you need medical and health cover which will cover you for the whole time that you are away. Most policies will also include cancellation cover, which will cover you if an unforeseen circumstance obliges you to cancel your trip. We recommend that you obtain your insurance as soon as you book your trip.
Please note that government travel warnings often affect the validity of your travel insurance, and you should check this with your insurance company.
The local currency in Nigeria is the naira. We recommend taking either Euros or US dollars to exchange – the latter should be issued from 2009 onwards and be clean and without marks, otherwise you may find it difficult to change them.
Your guide will assist in changing money into the local currency – usually the best rates are obtained from money changers.
We do not advise using a credit card in Nigeria, as levels of fraud are so high.
When travelling to some of the destinations we offer you need to bear in mind that things won’t always work here as we’re used to them working at home. Travelling in underdeveloped and untouristed destinations requires both patience and a sense of humour. There may be problems with infrastructure, attitudes may be different, and maintenance may not be as high a standard as we would always like, but this is very much part and parcel of travelling in such a place. We aim to resolve any issues as quickly as possible, and thank you for your patience.
Nigeria is one of the more challenging destinations that we offer, and we do not recommend this trip unless you are accustomed to travel in Africa. You can expect to encounter roadblocks, and at some of these the personnel manning them will be looking for some sort of problem, real or imaginary, which they can use to extract a bribe. Your guide will handle this and we ask that you do not get involved.
Hotels in Nigeria range from the acceptable to the very good, and in some places there is not a huge amount of choice. Water and electricity may not always work, especially at the same time, and the attitudes of hotel staff towards rectifying issues can be very different to what we would expect at home. Again, your guide will be best placed to deal with issues but bear in mind that in some parts of the country Nigeria only just functions and it may not be possible to solve all problems that you encounter. Nigeria is an entity unto itself, and if you can accept this and see its many frustrations as part of the fun in travelling in a completely untouristed destination, you’ll enjoy the trip more.
We keep a very close eye on the travel advice issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office so that we can keep you up to date with any warnings. At the time of writing the FCO does not advise against travel to any parts of Nigeria that we visit on our tour.
This relates to advice from the British government – other nationalities need to check the stance of their own governments.
Please note that the information contained above is highly susceptible to change, and while we endeavour to keep up to date we recommend that you use this as a guide only. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Updated May 2019