Nigeria has always played host to UK citizens and Vice Versa. This has been the case since before Nigeria became independent from the UK in 1960. There continues to be a high amount of cooperation and interaction between the two countries on so many levels: cultural, academic, and most of all economically. There is a lot of UK investment in Nigeria in Oil and Gas, Banking, Technology, Real Estate, and many other sectors.
Following the tradition, many British citizens want to know how they can travel to Nigeria, to experience the rich and exciting culture, or to look for economic opportunities. Despite, the social, economic, and security issues affecting Nigerians at the moment, there are still some opportunities available, and Nigeria still receives several British citizens every year.
Nigeria’s visa requirements for UK citizens are quite simple; the emphasis seems to be on the applicant has sufficient funds.
Nigeria Visa Requirements For UK Citizens
For UK citizens it is all about paying the visa fees to the Nigerian authorities. You also need to pass an interview, and not have any record for international crime, and not be flagged as a security threat. That is just how simple it is. Here are the things you need:
UK Passport with at least 6 months validity.
Receipt for payment of visa fee.
2 passport photographs.
Letter of invitation from your hosts or business partners.
Evidence of sufficient funds.
Nigeria VISA from the UK- Step by Step guide
Because the agency primarily in charge of the going and coming to and from Nigeria is the Nigeria Immigration Service, that is the agency you want to start with. You need to go to the Nigeria immigration service portal https://portal.immigration.gov.ng/pages/visaguidelines and then after the page loads, you click on the icon that says ‘visas.’
You will now be presented with a visa application form in which you will provide your details.
Please make sure that you fill the form with the correct information, and then after that, you must click on the box that says ‘I ACCEPT FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS FORM.’
Please note that your application will only be sent once you click on the ‘Submit’ button. Thereafter the system will take show you a button that says “Proceed to Online Payments.” Please note that it is mandatory to pay the visa application fee.
Please note that you will be paying the visa application fees in Dollars. The following are the fees applicable to the different types of visas offered by the Nigerian government to the citizens of Britain.
Single Entry 6 months Visa: US$144
Multiple Entry 1 year visa: US$472
Multiple Entry 2 Year Visa: US$944
Multiple Entry 5 Year Visa: US$2360
Temporary Work Permit: US$472
Subject to Regularization (STR): US$472
After you have completed the payment, you will be given a receipt of payment and an appointment for an interview at the Nigerian Embassy. The Nigerian embassy in the UK is located at 9 Northumberland Avenue, London. WC2N 5BX. You can contact them via: Telephone: (+44) 020 7839 1244 and Fax: (+44) 020 7839 8746.
When going to the interview please bring along your receipt for the payments made, as well as your UK Passport with at least 6 months validity. Please bring 2 passport photographs. You may also need a letter of invitation from your hosts, as well as evidence of sufficient funds.
If you will not be able to meet up with the date of your interview, please ensure that you contact the Nigerian embassy on time so as to reschedule your interview.
Having landed in Nigeria you may decide to take up permanent residence in the country or to regularize your stay. In order to do those, you have to go to the ministry of interior.
What are some things to note when going to Nigeria?
It is important to note that Nigeria is currently experiencing some security challenges at the moment, and so your personal safety and security should be at the top of your considerations. Many expatriates living and working in Nigeria have employed the services of private security companies, or have had armed policemen escort them at all times.
Still, on security, it is important to ensure that you live in a safe and gated community where security is a priority. This will help you stay off limits from robber and kidnappers.
Please liaise with the British High Commission in Nigeria for updated reports compiled by the UK authorities to guide UK citizens in deciding which parts of Nigeria are considered unsafe by the UK government. It is also important to report to the British High Commission so that you can get the necessary support in case of emergency, or if you ever need help returning home.
As you have seen in the paragraphs above, traveling to Nigeria is a simple and straightforward process. Please do not hand over any cash or bribe to anyone to help facilitate your entry into Nigeria. As long as you meet the entry requirements you should have no trouble securing a visa. Please ensure that you bring all the necessary things along when you go for your interview at the embassy, and if you are unable to attend at the stated date you can always email them to reschedule.
However, there is quite a lot of consideration to be made before venturing on the journey to Nigeria. Please ensure that you have considered the costs involved, especially the added costs occasioned by the need to hire additional security. If you are being invited to take up a job, please ensure that your employers have made adequate arrangements for security.