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Nigeria COVID-19 Travellers Guide



As of January 2023, the following health measures appear to have been suspended.

Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic health requirements and procedures for travelers into Nigeria. The guidelines are derived from a collaboration between The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) TaskForce on Covid-19, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), in accordance with recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO).

If you are already familiar with the standard protocol, you can jump to updates to ensure that you have the latest information before your travel to Nigeria. These measures also apply to returning Nigerians


Covid-19 Travel Procedure


Important Alerts

Travellers developing Covid-19 symptoms on arrival or during screening will be placed in institutional quarantine for care.


Travellers who test positive for COVID-19 will be managed based on national guidelines for treatment. Those who test negative after 7 days will end self-isolation.


Business travellers and/or travellers on official duties intending to stay in Nigeria for 7 days or less must be fully vaccinated.


Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to observe the strict mandatory 7-day quarantine but are expected to adhere to general covid-19 guidelines - wear a face mask and maintain social distancing.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers with a PCR test result older than 48 hours, or with COVID-19 symptoms, will not be allowed to board.


There is a mandatory 7-day self-isolation period for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers. Those who fail to repeat the PCR test by Days 2 and 7 of arrival may face suspension of their passports, inclusion on a travel watch list (no-fly list) or 6 months denial of international travel.


All PCR test payments go to private laboratories directly, via the payment method selected. No money is paid to the NCDC, Port Health Services or the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.


Travellers departing Nigeria should follow their airline and destination country guidelines and requirements for COVID-19 control/prevention.


Implementation of COVID-19 prevention and control measures may cause some delay in the facilitation process. Due to anticipated delays, travellers are to arrive at the airport early; at least 1hr 30mins for domestic and 3h for international flights.


Covid-19 Protocol Updates

  • 02 Apr 2022

    Updated International Travel Protocol

    With effect from 4th April 2022, fully vaccinated travelers are not required to undergo the 48 hour prior PCR Test. FULLY VACCINATED refers to a person who received 2 doses any of the following COVID-19 vaccines at least 2 weeks before date of Travel: Pfizer/Bio-Ntech, Moderna, Astra-Zeneca, Sputnik, Sinopharm, Sinovac, COVAXIN, COVOVAX, Nuvaxovid or a single dose Johnson and Johnson or Sputnik Light.

  • 02 Dec 2021

    Updated International Travel Protocol

    With effect from 5th December 2021, PCR test before departure is required to be done within 48 hours. FULLY VACCINATED means at least Two weeks following 2 completed doses of either AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna vaccines OR a single dose of J and J vaccine. PARTIALLY VACCINATED means 1 completed dose of the aforementioned vaccines. Guidelines for inbound passengers updated and Guidelines for outbound passengers provided.

  • 02 Nov 2021

    Upgrade Alert on the NITP System

    Between 2nd and 4th November 2021, The Nigeria International Travel Portal NITP will undergo a system upgrade for better performance and experience. Services may be down during the period.

  • 22 Oct 2021

    Updated International Travel Protocol

    Effective from 25th October 2021, Turkey, Brazil and South Africa have been removed from the list of restricted countries. No longer limited to only Business and Official Duty Travellers, all other arrivals fully vaccinated with 2 completed or mixed doses of either AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna vaccines OR a single dose of Johnson and Johnson vaccine, will not be required to observe the mandatory 7-days self-isolation but will be required to do a COVID-19 PCR test on Day 2 of arrival in Nigeria.

  • 15 Oct 2021

    Revised International Travel Protocol

    Effective from 25th October 2021, Business Travellers and visitors on official duties intending to stay in Nigeria for 7 days or less are required to be fully vaccinated in addition to negative PCR test result done within 72 hours of boarding the flight to Nigeria.

  • 13 Sep 2021

    Provisional Quarantine Protocol

    Effective from 20th September 2021, mandatory quarantine time is reduced from 14 to 7 days. Another PCR test is required for all arrivals on day 2 of the mandatory 7-day quarantine.

  • 10 May 2021

    COVID-19 Implementation Guidelines

    Effective from 11th May 2021, India is removed from the revised verson of the covid-19 implementation guidelines for phased restrictions, due to high vax rates in the country.

  • 27 Apr 2021

    Travel Protocol for Diplomats

    All requests for entry of diplomats should be made to the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC) through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. An additional request to waive the mandatory 7-day self-isolation can be made to, reviewed by, or/and granted by the PSC



The information above is based upon travel protocols and covid-19 procedures applicable travellers into Nigeria. For all covid-19 related announcements from all Nigerian Missions around the world, please click here. For all covid-19 guideline releases from NCDC, please click here. If you already understand the travel protocol and ready for your travel arrangements to Nigeria, please click here