Seven things you should know before visiting Nigeria

Nigeria is an English speaking country located in West Africa and the most populous black nation in Africa. Located in the Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria has many natural landmarks and wildlife reserves. One of the most recognizable is the Zuma Rock, a 725m-tall monolith outside the capital of Abuja.

Nigeria is a country with a rich cultural heritage and is known for the happy lifestyle of her people. It is not enough to only read about Nigeria on the internet. Pack your bags and take a trip! Nigeria is a necessity in any travel bucket list.

Here are some important issues to consider if you have never traveled to Nigeria.

  1. Language

Nigeria is a land of cultural diversity with over 400 indigenous languages. However, its official spoken and written language is English.
An average Nigerian on the streets is well versed in English language so communication would not be a problem for an English-speaking tourist.

If you do not speak English, kindly contact a Destination Management Company beforehand so a local guide who understands your language would be arranged to assist you upon arrival and throughout your stay if need be.

Other than this, you could use a translation app or learn some basics of the English language.

2. Vaccination

Nigeria is located in the tropical region of Africa, where the climate is seasonally damp and humid, and has a low incidence of yellow fever.

A vaccination certificate is a required travel document and travelers going to Nigeria should receive a vaccination against yellow fever. Vaccination must be done at least 10 days prior to the scheduled travel date.
This is recommended for all travelers above 9 months of age.

For extra protection: 1. To prevent bug bites, bring along insect/mosquito repellents, etc. 2. Dress to cover a large area of your body if possible. 3. Eat and drink safely. 4. Reduce exposure to germs (Practice personal hygiene)

3. Budget

This is an important factor to consider when planning a trip. The total budget for a trip should cover logistics and conveniently sustain one during a period of stay. Duration of stay and type of accommodation has a huge influence on a budget. Considering this, a budget from $20 should cover daily expenses.
Note: It is better to have a flexible budget in case unplanned expenses arise.

4. Visa

Visitors to Nigeria require a visa unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. First, confirm if you are from any of these countries, else begin visa processing at least 3 weeks before the proposed date of travel. Countries which are under the visa-on-arrival program must first apply online for the Tourism e-Visa before arrival into Nigeria.

5. Destination details

Know exactly how to get to your destination and employ the easiest means possible. There are many international airports in Nigeria; ensure that your flight is routed to the airport closest to your final destination.

If you are being invited by a host, get full details of directions to your destination before leaving your point of origin.

6. Accommodation

There are diverse types of accommodation in Nigeria ranging from hostels, hotels to self-catering apartments which could be fully furnished, semi-furnished or completely unfurnished.

Cost of accommodation is influenced by location, size and property, length of stay, theme and target market. Your taste for luxury, convenience and quality service will also influence the cost of accommodation.

7. Health Insurance

The importance of having a medical coverage when traveling is now glaring as the world battles to eliminate the COVID-19 pandemic. No one plans for mishaps but then things could go wrong.

A travel insurance covers emergency medical expenses, delays, missing/stolen luggage, trip cancellation etc. It has different packages. Know details of each package and its coverage then choose which suits your needs.

Whether traveling for business or leisure, get your travel insurance certificate and enjoy peace of mind.


Nigeria has lots of amazing traditional arts and crafts known all over the world. There are impressive original art works like hand woven foot mats, table mats, pottery, pearls, bangles, beads, paintings, wall hangings, corals, t-shirts, wooden figures, artifacts etc. Always go to these crafts markets with a local guide or friend as you will have to bargain a lot for prices.

With the aforementioned tips, be rest assured that you will have a memorable trip when you visit Nigeria. Have a hassle-free trip!!

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Written by Vivian Etefia

From years of experience, i noticed most people have limited access to relatable basic travel information: the wheres, whys & hows of travel & hospitality.
This blog seeks to address these issues. Let me inspire you into the world of travel.
I am Vivian Etefia. A travel operator based in Lagos, Nigeria.