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Visitor Information

If you have to travel to Lagos, you may find the idea daunting, especially if you have never been to Lagos before and happen to have heard all the negative reports.Nonetheless is the economic and financial centre of the country, as such there are a number of things you will need to know, which hopefully will make your journey less stressful. We have outlined important visitor information for your visit to Lagos, before your arrival and whilst in Lagos.

Getting your Visa

If you have to travel to Lagos, you may find the idea daunting, especially if you have never been to Lagos before and happen to have heard all the negative reports.Nonetheless is the economic and financial centre of the country, as such there are a number of things you will need to know, which hopefully will make your journey less stressful. We have outlined important visitor information for your visit to Lagos, before your arrival and whilst in Lagos. If you don't have a Nigerian Passport or an Ecowas one, then you have to get a Visa. It slightly easier now as it is all done Online at the Nigerian Immigration website. You can sign in with a Google or facebook account, or open a new account in order to process your application.Just remember to print out the stages of your visa application, you must take these with you, to the embassy, when you actually go to collect your visa.You must meet all the criteria and follow instructions on the website.

Malaria and medicines

Before you leave for Nigeria, you must get all your medicals vaccinations up to date. The last thing you want is to fall ill unexpectedly in Lagos. If you have never been before , you may have to begin to take antimalarials before you arrive,and bring enough to last you for the duration of your visit. Dont forget the government also requires proof of your yellow fever vaccination ,so that yellow card is VERY important ! Otherwise you can be jabbed on arrival and you dont want that.

Lagos Airport

If you have to travel to Lagos, you may find the idea daunting, especially if you have never been to Lagos before and happen to have heard all the negative reports.Nonetheless is the economic and financial centre of the country, as such there are a number of things you will need to know, which hopefully will make your journey less stressful. We have outlined important visitor information for your visit to Lagos, before your arrival and whilst in Lagos. Lagos airport is not for the faint hearted, something is always happening at the Murtala Mohammed airport, and so things may be a little chaotic. Luggage can take a while to get so be prepared, as well as this the Air conditioning may not work, and immigration queues may be long and confusing depending on what time of the day you arrive.Most airlines will have staff that wait to check the luggage tags on your suitcase and match them up with they tags issued to you when you checked in before you exit the airport, to confirm the luggage is yours. This may seem a cumbersome process however it is very useful, should someone attempt to walk off with your luggage. Believe it when we say you ll be glad for that tag. There is a useful website to keep an eye on flights arrivals and departures otherwise such info is diificult to get.It is always best to get someone to meet you and if you dont have anyone to do this, we can do this.Just send us an email and it can all be arranged.

Safety

Whilst in Lagos Nigeria,you will want to stay safe . We urge you to be viligant and take a few tips from the following website.When you arrive do not follow any stranger who has been purportedly sent to meet you. Very often people arrive and some stranger says they have been sent to meet you. You must confirm and be sure of who is to meet you at the airport.If plans have changed or the person you know has not shown up,always confirm, borrow a phone and make a call or two . Keep your valuables and cash out of sight,and hold on tight to your passport !

Money

The Nigerian Currency is the Naira. The rate flutuates so it’s a good idea to check out the rate with any of the banks ,or online.Foreign currency can be changed into Naira or vice versa .Keep in mind that Naira can be quite bulky unless you use the one thousand Naira notes.Its probably better if you wish to change large amounts to enquire in the bank. Chaning money with 'mallams' can be risky unless they are known to you.Our advice is keep your money in sterling or pounds and change it as you need it for the duration of your visit.Whatever you do,never flash large amounts of cash anywhere or in front of anyone, even officials like policemen or customs.

Foreign Consulates

During your visit to Lagos, should you run into any problems and require any consular services,we have listed a website which gives a list of the current consular offices in Nigeria.