Nigeria - Apply for a Transit Visa
- 1 Procedure
- 2 Required Documents
- 3 Office Locations & Contacts
- 4 Eligibility
- 5 Fees
- 6 Validity
- 7 Documents to Use
- 8 Sample Documents
- 9 Processing Time
- 10 Related Videos
- 11 Instructions
- 12 Required Information
- 13 Need for the Document
- 14 Information which might help
- 15 Other uses of the Document/Certificate
- 16 External Links
- 17 Others
The first step is to complete the appropriate visa application form. Most countries provide only one visa application for all types of visas even Nigeria does the same. Others have a specific application for each type.
Some application forms need to be downloaded and printed while others are in electronic format. You need to follow the directions provided by the consular services at your home embassy or country of origin.
At times it might require for a completion of a supplemental visa application in order to provide more detailed information about your travel plans.
A current, valid passport must be presented as well.The Nigerian Government require that your passport has a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the in the transit.
Finally, a current photograph must be sent in along with the application. You may also be asked to provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover your expenses while in the transit.
You could be asked to provide evidence of permanent residence. This is generally established by evidence of family, professional, property, employment or other ties and commitments that will prove that you are not a wrong person. The application process may include a personal interview at the embassy consular section.
To apply, please you need to provide the following:
- A clear scanned copy of your passport's bio data page (the page with your photo).
- Your profession.
- Estimated dates of arrival and departure.
Passport: Please make sure your passport meets the following legal requirements:
- The passport must be valid for at least six months when you leave Nigeria.
- The passport must contain at least two blank pages.
- Current proof of income, tax payments, property or business ownership, or assets.
- A letter from your employer detailing your position, salary, how long you have been employed, any authorized vacation and the business purpose, if any, of your Nigerian trip.
- Where appropriate, an itinerary and/or other information about your planned trip. (This can be tentative.)
- Bank statements or other evidence of liquid assets that indicate the balance in your accounts and account activity.
- International certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever.
Office Locations & Contacts
- MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Minister : The HMFA Amb. Aminu Bashir Wali
Tafawa Balewa House,
Abuja, FCT. Suburb Fct 234 Country
Maputo St., Wuse, Zone 3 (Opposite Nigeria
Custom Services), P.M.B. 130, Garki, Abuja
Tel: 09-5230185; 5230186; 5230189
Any visitor transiting or crossing Nigeria from border to border along the coast need a transit visa.
The cost to get a transit visa in Nigeria varies from country to country where you are coming from and where you are going .
Before the fee for a transit visa was the same as that of a tourist or business visa. Nigeria is among those countries that charge a different fee for each type of visa. Fees can range from $30 to hundreds of Dollars depending on the country to which you are coming from and applying.
- Fees vary according to nationality; check The Nigerian Immigration Service website (www.immigration.gov.ng) for a full list of fees.
The transit visa is valid for 10 days
Documents to Use
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Nigeria visas are usually processed in 5 to 10 business days Rush or Emergency visa service may be available for additional fees. Please visit Nigeria Consular Fees and Visa Processing Options link for details.
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The passport must be valid for at least six months when you leave Nigeria.
The passport must contain at least two blank pages.
To apply for a transit visa, you must show:
- Intent to pass in immediate and continuous transit through Nigeria.
- A common carrier ticket or other evidence of transportation arrangements to your destination.
- Sufficient funds to carry out the purpose of your transit journey.
- Permission to enter another country upon departure from the Nigeria.
- The purpose of your trip is to enter the Nigeria solely for transit purposes.
- You do not intend to be paid by any source while in Nigeria, unless you have been granted proper approval for a temporary work visa.
- You plan to stay for a specific, limited period of time.
You have evidence of funds to cover all expenses while in the Nigeria.
Need for the Document
The transit visa is given to visitors who are only in Nigeria for en route to an overseas destination or those connecting to a further destinations. Various flights make connections via Nigeria and this may necessitate this transit visa. However, citizens from most ECOWAS countries will not require the transit visa when making a connection via Nigeria.
There are also visa which are granted for transiting or crossing Nigeria from border to border along the coast. When available, this kind of visa does not require a "guide", unless specifically requested.
- Usually it takes around 5 working-days to process the visa, but to guarantee arrival on the specified date it is best if you send your documents 10 days before arrival.
Transit visa cannot be used for tourism purposes, in the same way one is not allowed to work in the country without a work visa; but from experience we can confirm that transit travelers can stop at any point along the coast including archaeological sites, and can camp wherever there are suitable and safe places for camping. Since the tour guide or the escort is no longer required (since 2012), it is best to apply for tourist visa instead. The other difference is that transit visa allows less time in Nigeria than the tourist visa.
Most countries allow foreign citizens to remain in transit for 24 to 48 hours without the need to get a transit visa as long as they remain in the airport. Stays longer than this period of time or leaving the airport for whatever reason could oblige you to apply for a transit visa
Information which might help
Nigeria is located on the west coast of Africa and is the most populous black country in the world, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Benin and Cameroon. Nigeria covers 356,668 sq miles (923,7770 sq kilometers). It is about the same size as California, Nevada and Utah combined. Nigeria is diverse in people and culture.
Other uses of the Document/Certificate
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More information which might help people.