If you are a UK citizen intending to travel to Nigeria other than as a diplomat, service personnel, or political office holder, you must obtain an entry Nigeria Visa in order to have a trouble-free visit.
If a person holds dual citizenship in Nigeria and the United Kingdom but fails to renew or keep his or her Nigeria international passport valid, politeness mandates that the individual get an entry visa before visiting Nigeria; otherwise, he or she will find it difficult to enter Nigeria as a citizen.
It is important to note that completed visa application forms are no longer handled or submitted by the Nigerian High Commission, and that application processing fees are no longer to be paid to the Nigerian High Commission; instead, payment charges and application form submission will be handled by Online Integrated Solutions (OIS) going forward.
Online Integrated Solutions (OIS) is located at 56–57 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1JU.
Presentation of Biometric Data
All visa applicants must submit their completed visa application form in person at the Visa Application Centre in order to provide biometric data, specifically fingerprints, for the application process to begin.
Nigeria Visas that can be Obtained in the UK
- Tourist Visa,
- Visiting Visa
- Business Visa
- Temporary Work Permit (TWP)
- Work Visa – Subject To Regularization (STR)
- Student Visa
Meanwhile, the focus of this article will be on the Tourist Visa, because we want to discuss it in depth.
How to Apply for a Tourist or Visiting Visa in Nigeria?
This is how you apply for a tourist or visiting visa in Nigeria.
Please read the guidelines thoroughly to ensure that you are familiar with the visa application process.
- Download the visa application form from the Nigeria Immigration Service webpage.
- Select ‘Visa’ to begin filling out the visa application.
- The following step is to choose ‘country,’ which is where the visa application will be sent.
- Fill in your all required information.
- Make payment using a debit or credit card via the internet.
- Take a printout of the payment slip as well as the acknowledgement receipt.
- Return to the immigration portal at http://portal.immigration.gov.ng.
- Look up the status of your application.
- Select the payment status of the application.
- Choose a visa from the drop-down menu.
- Enter the application’s unique identifier and reference number.
- Scroll down the page to print the visa payment and acknowledgement slips.
- Finally, double-check that the payment was accepted.
- Your international passport must be valid for at least six months and include any unused visa pages.
Requirements for Nigeria Tourist and Visitors Visa
1. A valid international passport
2. A 35 mm by 45 mm passport-sized photograph with a white background (you will need to put your names on the back). Please do not make any changes to the photos in your application.
3. The following documents should be printed:
- A signed, completed and uploaded form.
- Confirmed payment.
- Visa acknowledgement slip
4. All foreign residents of the nation in which the application is made must show a valid residency card.
5. A self-introduction letter or typed statement obtaining a Tourist Visa.
6. You must produce a letter of invitation from your host if you are visiting a friend or relative.
7. A letter from your organisation introducing you and explaining your title and proof of leave.
8. A basic travel budget that would cover your entire stay in Nigeria.
9. Evidence of Hotel reservation, includes a photocopy of the hotel’s employee ID card.
10. Unaccompanied minors must submit a letter of consent signed by both parents if they are travelling alone. Photocopies of the data page of their passports should be attached by the parents. In addition, the minor must submit a copy of his or her birth certificate. Please note that a Notary Public must sign and seal the letter of consent.
11. Finally, the visa applicant must show proof of a confirmed airline reservation with arrival and departure dates from Nigeria.
12. Certificate of vaccinations against Yellow Fever and COVID-19.
You must deliver the appropriate documents to the Visa Application Centre after compiling them.
- An applicant can drop off the completed Visa application materials at a set and specific time of the week in several Nigerian foreign missions.
- In some countries, such as the United Kingdom and Ireland, a visa applicant is required to attend a Visa Application Centre in person to complete biometric data, notably fingerprints, in order to begin the application process.
- To avoid Visa refusal, please make sure that all the documents and information you’re presenting are complete before submitting your application.
- Finally, please keep in mind that visa processing fees are non refundable once the application has been submitted to the Visa Application Centre.