NIGERIAN VISA ON ARRIVAL – Unknown to many international travellers, it is actually possible to receive a visa on arrival in Nigeria. Many don’t know they can actually apply for a visa on arrival just by submitting a simple email (whether or not you have consulate in your vicinity or not).


How to Apply for Visa on Arrival

Step 1: Get Visa on Arrival Approval Letter

There are two methods to obtaining VoA approval letter: applying through email or in person  or application by representative in Nigeria.


Applying through Email

Applicant/Representative shall write an Application Letter to The Comptroller General of Immigration, NIS HQ, Abuja stating the following via this email address:

  • Name of Applicant indicating Nationality
  • Passport number of Applicant
  • Purpose of visit
  • Proposed date of visit
  • Proposed port of entry
  • Flight itinerary
  • Address in Nigeria or Hotel Reservation

Attach the following documents:

  • Copy of Passport Data Page
  • Copy of Airline Return ticket reservation

Note: After Approval, a letter will be forwarded to your email with a copy sent to the Airline stated in your application and Immigration port of entry.

Applying through your representative in Nigeria

  1. Contact your Representative (Business partners, Company Representative, Protocol/Liaison Officer, etc) in Nigeria.
  2. The Representative files a formal request for Visa on Arrival Approval on your behalf by writing an application letter to The Comptroller General of Immigration, NIS HQ, Abuja stating the following:
  • Name of Applicant indicating Nationality, Passport number of visitor
  • Purpose of visit
  • Proposed date of visit
  • Proposed port of entry
  • Proposed airline
  • Flight itinerary
  • Address in Nigeria
  • Email address of the visitor
  • Acceptance of Immigration Responsibility

3. The representative shall attach the following documents in support of the application

  • Copy of visitor’s passport data page
  • Copy of Airline Return ticket Reservation

Note: After Approval Letter is obtained,(Hard Copy) by your representative, copies of the same document will be forwarded to the Airline stated in the application and Immigration port of entry.

Step 2: Pay for Visa on Arrival

Fill in the application form with your correct details and make payment online here.

 Online Payment may also be made at point of arrival subject to presentation of Visa on Arrival Approval Letter. Master Card, Visa and American Express card are acceptable.

Step 3: Arrive at the Port of Entry and proceed for Immigration Clearance

Upon arrival at the Port of Entry, proceed to the desk marked ‘Visa on Arrival’ for issuance of entry Visa. Present the following documents in hard copy at the Port of Entry:

  • Visa Approval Letter (Pre-approved visa letter), valid for 14 days from the date of issuance
  • Evidence of online payment
  • Valid Passport with minimum of six months validity
  • Valid return ticket
  • Two recent passport sized photographs


The request shall be processed and approval letter issued within 48hrs (2 working days).


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