Travel authorisation is required. We guide you through the application process.
Travel Document Type
Travel authorisation approval letter
Varies according to nationality.
Byevisa Processing Fee
2 business days
All About the Nigeria Visa
Travelling to Nigeria? This nation located in the southeast of West Africa is known for its natural landmarks and wildlife reserves.
If you’re planning to visit soon, you should know that the majority of nationalities require a visa to enter Nigeria. This includes Brits, Canadians, Americans and citizens of many other countries.
To enter this destination, you must hold a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry. Certain vaccinations are also required, which we’ll go into more detail about below.
The good news is that if you are travelling for tourism, business, or transit purposes, you can apply for a Nigeria eVisa with Byevisa. To do this, you just need to enter some personal and passport details and upload some supporting documents.
Once you have filled in your Nigeria travel visa application, you will receive your travel authorisation to your email inbox. On arrival in the country, you then need to head to the counter with your printed eVisa approval letter to obtain your Visa on Arrival as the final part of the process.
You can use this travel pass to visit as a tourist or to travel to cities like Lagos to carry out commercial activities. You cannot, however, use it to work or to live here.
Read on to find out more about the ins and outs of obtaining the Nigeria visa!
Nigeria Visa Application Process
Wondering how to get an eVisa for Nigeria? Look no further!
To get started with applying for your travel pass online with Byevisa, you will need:
- A passport that’s valid for at least 6 months after you plan to enter the country.
- Supporting documents including a letter of invitation from your host.
- A passport-size photograph of yourself. We detail the required size and dimensions for this below in the ‘Nigeria Visa Forms and Documents’ section.
You then need to do the following:
- Click ‘Apply Now’ at the top of this page and enter some personal information including your contact details and your passport issue and expiry date, to start your application. We also require your email address, so that we can send you your eVisa.
- Pay and enter your debit/credit card or PayPal details. You pay the government fee of x USD as well as Byevisa’s processing fee to manage your application on your behalf. The fee you pay varies depending on how quickly you need your electronic authorisation. Choose from our Standard, Rapid or Highly Rapid services.
- Keep an eye on your email inbox, where your travel authorisation will be sent in 2 to 6 business days (depending on which Byevisa service you’ve selected). In the meantime, you can sit back and plan where you want to visit while you’re there!
- When you arrive in Nigeria, you will present a printed copy of the approval letter that we’ve emailed to you and your passport to immigration officials. You must also show your departure ticket as proof that you plan to leave the country at the end of your trip. Officials will then issue you with your physical Visa on Arrival.
Want to stay in the country for longer or apply for a work visa? You’ll need to contact your nearest Nigerian embassy or consulate.
Nigeria Visa Requirements and Eligibility
The majority of travellers to Nigeria do require a visa to enter the country. This applies to you if you are from the US, UK, or Canada, among other nations (see full list below).
The visa that you apply for with Byevisa is specifically designed for tourism, or for visiting Nigeria on business. It allows a Single Entry stay of up to 30 days in the country. You will not be allowed to work or live in Nigeria with this travel authorisation
There are different eVisas available depending on whether you are visiting for tourism or business.
Citizens from the following countries can apply online with us to enter Nigeria:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Federated States of Micronesia
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Cyprus
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Syrian Arab Republic
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
When you arrive in Nigeria, you will need to show to officials a printed copy of your electronic travel authorisation letter. This will allow you to enter the country issue free.
As well as being able to present valid travel authorisation you must have:
- A passport that is valid for at least 6 months.
- A letter of invitation from a host/company in Nigeria accepting immigration responsibility.
- Printed evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover your trip.
- Evidence of polio and yellow fever vaccinations.
- Evidence of your onward journey.
Nigeria Visa Free Countries
Only nationals of the 17 countries listed below can visit Nigeria without a visa. If you are not a citizen of one of the nations in this list, you likely require travel authorisation to enter the country.
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Côte d’Ivoire
- Sierra Leone
Important: Although citizens of these countries don’t require a visa, you will still need to meet the requirements regarding passport validity and vaccinations.
Please note, if you have a valid Nigerian residence permit (CERPAC or Green Card), you don’t need a visa to enter.
Travellers visiting from other countries including citizens of India, New Zealand and Australia, should apply for a visa ahead of their trip.
If you’re in any doubt, you can consult our visa checker at any time.
Nigeria Visa Forms and Documents
Byevisa makes applying for your eVisa to Nigeria so easy. Just take the following steps:
First, make sure you comply with the passport and eligibility conditions stated above.
Second, click ‘Apply Now’, to go to our online application form where you enter personal information such as your:
- Email address.
- First name.
- Middle name (where relevant).
- Last name.
- Marital status.
- Date of birth.
- Place of birth.
- Present nationality.
- Previous nationality (if applicable).
- Contact permanent address.
- Office address.
- Mobile phone number.
You will also be required to upload a recent full-colour photograph.
To comply with government regulations, the image must meet these specifications:
- Format: Only jpg, png or jpeg files are allowed.
- Dimensions: 200 x 450 pixels.
- Background: White.
- Expression: Neutral expression, not smiling.
- Eyes: Open and clearly visible.
- Glasses: None, only daily wearing glasses.
- Headgear: Not allowed, only for religious purposes.
You will also have to enter some information regarding your physical appearance:
- Colour of hair.
- Colour of eyes.
- Any identification marks.
Served in the military? You will need to state this too.
You will then need to upload some documents to support your application.
- A letter of invitation from your host.
- A scanned copy of the data page of your host’s passport.
- A confirmed hotel reservation (if not staying with your host).
- A valid return plane ticket.
- Evidence of funds to cover your stay (for example, a bank statement.)
If you are applying for a Nigeria business eVisa, you will also require:
- A letter of invitation from the host company, stating the purpose of your visit and the duration of your stay.
A letter of introduction from the sending company or organisation may also be required.
Once you’ve entered the information above, you select how fast you want to receive your authorisation.
Byevisa offers the following convenient options to travellers:
- Standard service: receive your visa in 6 business days.
- Rapid service: receive your visa in 4 business days.
- Highly Rapid service: receive your visa in just 2 business days.
Lastly, you pay for your eVisa application. Just enter the following and click the ‘payment’ button.
- Your name exactly as it appears on your debit/ credit card.
- Your debit/credit card number.
- Your debit/credit card’s expiry month and year.
- The 3-digit CVC security code on the back of your card.
- Alternatively, to pay by PayPal, click the ‘PayPal’ button and log into your account.
Et voilà, you’re done! You’ll soon receive your valid travel authorisation in your email inbox.
Please note, on arrival in the country you will need to present a printed copy of this document to obtain the Visa on Arrival at the desk.
How Much Is a Nigeria Visa?
The government charge for the Nigeria visa varies depending on which country you are from and the agreements that are in place. For most countries it is USD 140.
The total cost of your Nigerian eVisa includes the cost of the electronic approval letter itself and the processing speed that you choose.
- If you choose Standard, the total price of the visa is USD 152.00.
- For Rapid, the total amount is USD 182.00.
- And if you choose Highly Rapid, the total cost is USD 212.00.
Nigeria Visa Processing Times
Please bear in mind that how long your travel authorisation takes to process depends on the service you select. You choose your preferred processing time before you pay for your pass:
- Standard takes up to 6 days to arrive in your email inbox.
- Rapid takes up to 4 days.
- Highly Rapid takes just 2 days to process your application.
Please contact us only if you haven’t received your electronic approval letter within the timeframe stated at checkout.
Nigeria Visa Status Check
Want to check if your electronic authorisation is ready yet?
Select Log In from the main menu and enter your details. You will then be able to see at a glance:
- If your application has been approved.
- If it’s yet to be processed (pending).
- Its initial date and expiry date, plus how many days it remains valid for.
- If your authorisation has been rejected, and why if we know.
If you have any questions about your application, feel free to get in touch with our friendly customer support agents. We always endeavour to respond to your request as quickly as possible.
More Nigeria Visa Questions and Information
Please find below more information about applying for a travel pass to explore the varied landscape of the world’s seventh most populous country. We’ve aimed to answer all the questions you might have as simply as possible.