Tourist visas to Nigeria are granted from the Nigerian embassy in any country. Tourist visas are non-extendable and do not allow applicants to work in Nigeria. Upon landing, tourists may be asked at immigration control if they have a Nigerian visa or not. One should be prepared with an answer if this question arises, to avoid any potential issues at the airport. Below are some details to have at hand to avoid any legal issues upon arriving or leaving Nigeria as a tourist.
In this era of COVID19, you will need a genuine negative COVID19 result, Nigeria has not yet started requesting for COVID19 Vaccine passport. Make sure you register and fill in your correct details and information at the dedicated Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) website found at WWW.NITP.NCDC.GOV.NG
Remember to carry the following documents alongside your negative COVID19 test result.
-A copy of a current valid national passport
-Your visa obtained from the Nigerian Embassy
-Yellow fever vaccination certificate
-Medical insurance (Optional)
-You must be physically and mentally healthy to travel. Should there be any problem, you will be connected with the best physicians in Nigeria that can do a medical examination on you at the airport.
If you are a tourist, I will not advise using an agent to get a Nigerian visa. The best way to quickly obtain a certified visa is through the embassy. Agents are fond of arranging fake Visas which at the end of the day will put you into a big mess. Ensure to ascertain that the date, time, and address on their visa are correct. The Nigerian Immigration Service is very serious about this. If the information is incorrect, the visa becomes invalid and you as the tourist will not be allowed into the country.
If you are coming to Nigeria from COVID19 affected country, it is mandatory that you first present your COVID 19 result and if negative you will still have to quarantine for 7 days. Note that after checking your documents, you will be asked to fill out a form. You are supposed to report any potential COVID symptoms to the NCDC via their hotline.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be subjected to stand in the queue to present your documents to the immigration officers and after check and clearance, you will then be allowed to go through the right gate for onward exit. Note that most tourist visa to visit Nigeria spans up to three months. Endeavor to leave the country on or before the expiration of your visa.
If you will need to extend your visa further when you are required to get in touch with your embassy in Nigeria. You will, however, need to prove that you have enough funds to keep staying in Nigeria otherwise your embassy will not renew your visa. Note that if you are found without a valid visa in Nigeria you could face a fine of up to $10,000 or be imprisoned. Foreigners can be held in prison for an indefinite period without a valid visa. If you are apprehended without a valid visa, it is best, to be honest with the immigration officer and tell them your situation. Otherwise, there is the probability that they will arrest you and keep you in prison until you have paid the fine.