Nigerian business visa requirements

Nigerian business visa requirements

iVisa | Updated on Jan 08, 2021

Located on the west coast of Africa, Nigeria is a place of colorful tradition and is home to the world-famous city of Lagos. This country offers plenty of activities for visitors to engage in that highlight its incredible history, nature, and culture. Among the many sites to see in Nigeria is Osun-Osugbo Sacred Grove.


But if you aren’t visiting Nigeria for tourism and are instead going for business purposes, there are a few things you should know about the process for applying for a visa. Keep reading to find out more about the requirements for a Nigeria business visa. You can apply for a visa here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What documentation am I required to submit with my application?

You will be asked for the following documentation when you are completing the application process for a Nigerian business visa:

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months with at least 2 blank visa pages for stamping.
  • Two (2) recent passport sized (35/40mm) photograph.
  • Return ticket.
  • Evidence of sufficient funds.
  • Evidence of Hotel Reservation/host address in Nigeria.

The business e-visa on arrival requires a few more documents than the business visa application:

  • Passport Photo (colored)
  • Introduction/Application Letter
  • Copy of Passport Data Page
  • Copy of Airline Return Ticket
  • Invitation Letter from Host Company
  • Corporate Affairs Commission Certificate from Host Company

Who Can Apply for a Business Visa?

For the country of Nigeria, everyone except those who are a citizen of a country that has been put on the ban list and ECOWAS Nationals (who aren’t required to obtain a visa) are eligible to receive a business visa. Please note that citizens of some countries are only eligible to apply for a visa on arrival. However, the business visa on arrival is available for all travelers except for those from ECOWAS member countries, who don’t need a visa to enter Nigeria.

How Much Do Nigerian Visas Cost? How Long Does Processing Take?

The price of your visa, or visa on arrival, will depend on which country you are from and which processing speed you choose. There are three different processing speeds: standard, rush, and super rush.

  • Standard: 6 days Price: USD 210.00
  • Rush: 4 days Price: USD 235.00
  • Super Rush: 2 days Price: USD 260.00

How Many Times Can I Enter Nigeria with a Business Visa?

Business visas and visas on arrival for Nigeria allow Single Entry.

How Long Can I Stay in Nigeria with a Business Visa?

Business visas allow travelers to stay for a maximum of 90 days. Visas on arrival allow travelers to stay for a maximum of 30 days Per Entry. Neither of these are not eligible for extension. Your e-visa on arrival will expire within 14 days after issued.

What Can I use the Business Visa for?

The Nigerian Immigration Services department issues business visa on arrival for meetings, conferences, seminars, contract negotiations, marketing, sales, purchase distribution of Nigerian goods, trade fairs, job interviews, training of Nigerians (humanitarian services), emergency/relief work, crew members, staff of NGOs, staff of INGOs, researchers, and musical concerts. You are not permitted to use business visas for the purposes of tourism, employment, or residency.

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