Visa Procedures

Nigeria Visa Procedures


This page describes the Nigeria visa procedures on the applicant's side and on the side of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS). Before you explore these visa procedures, you should already be familiar with the basic requirements for each regular type of visa : TransitTourist , Business , TWPSTR and Official / Diplomatic Visa. Note that the procedures for e-Visa and Visa on Arrival (VoA) are different.


Basic Visa Procedure

The following procedure applies to basic short visit visas like Transit, Tourist, and other types of visit visas not exceeding 90 days stay in Nigeria.

Visa Applicant

Steps 5, 6, 7 and 8 may not apply to e-Visa and Visa on Arrival 

  1. Decide on the Visa

    First confirm if you need a visa for your purpose. As stipulated in the latest Visa Policy, some passports indicated here can visit Nigeria for 30 to 90 days without a need for prior visa application. If you need a visa, then verify what type of visa is most suitable for your purpose. Details on the Visa Categories here.

  2. Gather Requirements

    Prepare all required documents for the particular visa you choose.

    • Passport valid for 6+ months with at least 2 blank pages.
    • Booked Air Ticket to and from Nigeria.
    • Documentary Evidence of Sufficient Funds.
    • Address of Host in Nigeria or Evidence of Hotel Reservation.

  3. Complete Online Application.
  4. Complete Online Payment.
    • Use Registered Card to make the payment.
    • Print out the Payment Receipt/Slip.
  5. Affix 2 Passport sized Photographs.
    Standard (35/40mm) with white background with neither head covers nor face covers.
  6. Submit Application.
    With the completed form and attached requirements to the Nigerian Mission or Visa Application Center.
  7. Visa Interview.
    There might be a scheduled interview depending on the visa type and/or if it is the first time you apply.
  8. Collection.
    Depending on which Mission location was selected for the visa processing, collection may be done either on appointment, or on specified days of the week.

Immigration Officer

How the Nigerian Immigration Officers handle the application. 

  • Reception 
  • Sorting/Categorization 
  • 1st Vetting 
  • 1st Review 
  • 2nd Vetting 
  • 2nd Review 
  • Decision 
  • Visa Issuance/Denial 

The above stages are determined by various factors


Note: If your Payment card does not work, it supposedly means the fraud prevention measures of our government are working. Do not worry. Contact the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) or its Third-Party Payment Gateway Contractor to register your card before the transaction, or to consult a credible Nigerian Visa Agent with already registered cards to complete the payment stage.