Nigerian Visa on Arrival: How to Apply For Nigerian Visa on Arrival


Nigerian Visa on Arrival: This maximum of 90-day visa is categorised under Short Visit Visas obtainable through the eVisa System, Visa on Arrival (VoA) Program and Nigerian Consular Mission or Visa Application Center. In the Nigeria Visa Policy 2020, the Tourist Visa has been expanded to a variety of specific visa classes, each with its own extra requirements. Applicant needs to pay attention to the distinction and determine which visa class is most suitable for their purpose in Nigeria.


The short stay tourist visa is recommended for someone intending to travel to Nigeria for tourism, visiting friends/family, short stay journalism, medical tourism, sports participation, religious clergy/pilgrimage or short-term educational tour. The Tourist Visa is available to all passport holders except ECOWAS/CEDEAO Nationals and citizens of other countries like Cameroon and Chad with which Nigeria has entered into visa abolition agreements

Basic Requirements for Nigerian Visa on Arrival

Below are the standard requirements for all tourism-related visas applied through the Nigeria Consular Missions or Visa Application Centers.

  1. Passport valid for at least 6 months with at least 2 blank pages.
  2. Booked return Air Ticket to Nigeria.
  3. Evidence of Sufficient Funds. 
  4. Address of Host in Nigeria or Evidence of Hotel Reservation.
  5. Printout of completed Online Visa Application from.
  6. Printout of the Online Payment Acknowledgement slip. 
  7. Two (2) recent Passport sized (35/40mm) Photographs.

Application Procedure

Nigerian Visa on Arrival
Nigerian Visa on Arrival

Step 1: Decide on the Visa – Ensure that this category of visa is suitable for your purpose in Nigeria.
Step 2: Gather Requirements – Prepare all the necessary requirements for the visa.
Step 3: Apply Online – Complete the NIS Online Visa Application and print out the completed form
Step 4: Pay Online in the same aforementioned online application process and print out payment receipt.
Step 5: Affix 2 Passport sized Photographs (35/40mm) with white background with neither head covers nor face covers.
Step 6: Submit Application with the completed form and attached requirements to the Nigerian Mission or VAC.
Step 7: Visa Interview – There might be a scheduled interview depending on the visa type and/or if it is the first time you apply.

Important Information

Visa validity: Successful Applicant must enter Nigeria within 90 days from the date of issue.
Caution: This Visa is not valid for employment.
Visa Fees
Processing Timeline: 2 – 10 working days from receipt of application, depending on the visa type, the channel of application and processing location.

The Tourist Visa is obtainable in most Nigerian Consular Missions around the world. Applicant may be invited to the Nigerian Embassy, High Commission, Consulate or Nigeria Visa Application Center (VAC) for interview if necessary. Some of the visa types are also obtainable through the express visa application channels : eVisa System and Visa on Arrival (VoA) program: Nigerian Visa on Arrival 

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