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Last updated: November 2023

Exploring business opportunities in Nigeria? Make your next business venture in Nigeria a breeze with our Nigeria Business Visa on Arrival (eVOA) service!

At iVisa, we've streamlined the application for the Nigeria Business Visa on Arrival process, making it simpler, faster, and more convenient for busy entrepreneurs like you.

Whether you're heading to Lagos for a conference or Abuja for a crucial meeting, our simple online application process ensures that your focus remains on your business goals, not on paperwork!

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What is the Nigeria Business Visa on Arrival?

The Nigeria Business Visa on Arrival, also called the Nigeria Business eVOA, is your digital key to exploring this vibrant emerging market.

As the name suggests, you’ll get this visa upon arrival. However, you must get approval beforehand from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to make the arrival process quicker and easier.

We offer a handy online service to get your approval from the comfort of your own home. No need to visit a Nigerian Embassy!

Entry points: You can enter Nigeria through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Mallam Aminu Kano Airport, Murtala Mohammed Airport, Margret Ekpo Airport, Port Harcourt International Airport, and Akanu Ibiam International Airport with this eVisa.

What can I do with the Nigeria Business Visa on Arrival

Here's what you can do with the Nigeria Business eVOA:

  • Attend meetings, seminars, and conferences.

  • Engage in vital contract negotiations.

  • Conduct marketing and sales activities.

  • Explore opportunities to purchase Nigerian goods.

What can I not do with the Nigeria Business Visa on Arrival

Remember, this eVisa is for business activities only, so working for a Nigerian company under this visa isn't permitted.

Eligibility criteria for the Nigeria Business Visa on Arrival

This visa is only available to those who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be a frequent business traveler with a notable international presence.

  • Be a high-level executive from a multinational corporation.

  • Be a member of an official government delegation.

  • Be an individual carrying a United Nations Laissez-Passer document.

  • Be an African Union Laissez-Passer document holder.

  • Be a traveler with official documents from other recognized international organizations planning to visit Nigeria.

Ready to take your business to Nigeria? This visa is tailored for you!

Who must apply for the Nigeria Business Visa on Arrival?

The Nigeria Business Visa on Arrival is available to all business travelers and citizens from African Union countries, except for ECOWAS member countries.

Check if you can apply with our handy Visa Checker Tool.

Who is exempt from getting the Visa on Arrival for business trips to Nigeria?

The Business Visa on Arrival is available to citizens of all countries except ECOWAS Nationals from the following African countries:

  • Benin

  • Burkina Faso

  • Cabo Verde

  • Côte d'Ivoire

  • The Gambia

  • Ghana

  • Guinea

  • Guinea-Bissau

  • Liberia

  • Mali

  • Niger

  • Nigeria

  • Senegal

  • Sierra Leone

  • Togo

How long is the Nigeria Business Visa on Arrival (eVOA) valid?

This Nigerian Visa on Arrival is a Single Entry visa, welcoming you for a one-time visit to Nigeria. The max. allowed stay depends on your nationality.

Nigeria Visa on Arrival: Required documents

Applying for the Nigeria Business Visa on Arrival is straightforward. Here's what you'll need:

  • Copy of the passport data page: Submit a clear scan of your passport's information page.

  • Applicant photo: A recent, passport-sized photograph of yourself.

  • Invitation letter: An invitation from the Nigerian company you'll visit.

  • Cover letter: A letter explaining the purpose of your visit and your planned activities in Nigeria.

  • Travel itinerary: Details of your flights and accommodations, outlining your plans in Nigeria.

  • Proof of sufficient funds: Show that you have the financial means to support your stay in Nigeria.

Gather these documents, and you're on your way to a successful business trip in Nigeria!

How to apply for the Nigeria Business Visa on Arrival online

To get approval for the Nigeria Business visa on Arrival online with iVisa, just follow the simple steps below:

  • Step 1: Complete our simplified visa application form with your personal details and travel information. Review all your application information carefully.

  • Step 2: Select a preferred processing time, pay the visa fee, and upload the supporting documents. You can pay with a credit/debit card or PayPal.

  • Step 3: Receive your Nigeria Business eVOA via email in the chosen timeframe, and prepare to travel!

Make sure to download a copy of the approval on a mobile device and print a copy to show on arrival in Nigeria. You’ll then receive your visa at the arrival airport.

Nigeria Business eVOA costs and processing times

The exact costs and processing time depends on your nationality. We generally offer three different options:

  • Standard: This is a perfect option for those who have applied far in advance of their trip, and is also the most affordable alternative.

  • Rush: For those who need their visa approval quicker than standard, select this option.

  • Super Rush: If you want to receive your approval urgently, choose this option for an express fee.

We include all government and processing fees in our total pricing for your convenience, which can be paid on our secure online platform.

Can I use this visa to transit in Nigeria?

This is not a transit visa. For more information about transiting in Nigeria, contact the nearest embassy or consulate.

Nigeria entry requirements and regulations

Be aware of the following entry requirements for visiting Nigeria:

  • All passengers traveling to Nigeria should complete a health questionnaire either on board the aircraft before landing or on arrival at the airport.

  • There are currently no other COVID-19 entry requirements.

  • Your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date you arrive.

Always check the current entry requirements and regulations with your airline.

Where can I learn more about the Nigeria Business Visa on Arrival?

In case you have any questions about Nigeria tourist and business visas or any other travel documents, you can reach out to our outstanding customer support team online or by email: [email protected].

Required Documents to Apply

  • Passport Scan
  • Applicant’s Photo
  • Invitation Letter
  • Cover Letter
  • Travel Itinerary
  • Proof of Sufficient Funds

Important Instructions

  • The Nigeria Business eVOA is a single-entry travel document that allows you to visit the country for business-related activities.

  • You can’t work with this visa.

  • You can get this visa on arrival or apply in advance to save time at the airport.

  • With iVisa you can apply 100% online in less than 20 minutes.

  • You can enter Nigeria through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Mallam Aminu Kano Airport, Murtala Mohammed Airport, Margret Ekpo Airport, Port Harcourt International Airport, and Akanu Ibiam International Airport with this eVisa.

  • The Nigeria Business eVOA allows you to stay in the country for up to 3 months and is valid for 90 days.

  • Your passport must be at least 3 months valid from your intended departure date.

  • Use our Visa Checker Tool if you want to know if you need this travel document to visit Nigeria.

  • Children can’t apply for this visa.

  • We advise you to apply at least 5 days in advance.

  • iVisa is a legitimate company, accredited and recognized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). For more information, see the FAQs below.


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It will only take around 15 minutes to fill out our simplified form online.

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We advise you to apply at least 5 days in advance to avoid any delays.
The Nigeria Business eVOA is a single-entry travel document that allows you to stay in the country for a maximum of 3 months.
Your passport must be at least 3 months valid from your intended departure date.

No, you don't. As of today, COVID vaccination passports or certificates are not mandatory to enter Nigeria.

Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest Nigeria travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.

There are no quarantine requirements in Nigeria.

A yellow fever vaccine is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

More information in the following link:

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Nigeria is a large country in equatorial West Africa. It is the most populated state in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. As the largest oil producer in Africa, Nigeria has the strongest economy on the continent. However, going on a trip there may be tricky due to instability. In fact, many governments highly advise against a trip to Nigeria. If you decide not to follow the advice, you should take precautions so that you can travel safely. We recommend that you hire a Nigerian guide, or if you visit a Nigerian friend, have him tour with you the places you want to see.

At the same time. Tourists should never go in Northern Nigeria. The region is known for the activities of the terrorist group called Boko Haram. You should stay away from that area at all costs. Try and remain in major cities.

We will start off with the entry requirements in Nigeria so that you know what to expect. There are 17 countries whose citizens can enter Nigeria and stay there without needing a visa, but the rest of the nationalities need one in advance. So unless you are visa-exempt, you need to go to the nearest Nigerian diplomatic mission and apply for a standard visa.

At the same time, people who hold a Nigeria e-Visa approval that is issued by the Immigration Authority Headquarters in Abuja can get a visa on arrival as long as they carry a visa application form and a payment receipt. An invitation letter from a Nigerian company that accepts immigration responsibility is also required.

While there are over 500 languages spoken in Nigeria, the official one is English, so you should get around just fine. Even so, we recommend that you learn a few phrases in Hausa, Igbo, or even Yoruba. They are the most commonly spoken of the African languages. It is not necessary, but it shows some level of respect for Nigerian people.

Unfortunately, tourism is not quite developed in Nigeria, so there are not many usual attractions. Even so, you have a few places that you can explore. For one thing, you can go to Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. The city was built from scratch, but there is old architecture incorporated in the cityscape.

The second most populous city in Africa is Lagos, and it is a huge commercial hub. You will find plenty to do there. You can go to the beach, spend some time in the bars where you can drink Guinness Beer and have a lot of fun with the locals. Lekki, which is a suburb of Lagos, is yet another part of Nigeria that you may like. The reason why is that you can find the Lekki Forest Reserve there. It is a small portion of tropical rainforest that is fenced-off. There are wooden pathways on the outskirts of the city. It makes for an excellent distraction for a day or two. Lekki also houses some beautiful beaches you are going to enjoy.

If you are interested in exploring the plateau, you should go to Jos. You can hike there are much as you want, but we suggest that you take a guide. Beautiful hiking spots are also located in Enugu, but you will find some traditional events there too. For example, you may be curious to watch some New Yam and Atiliogwy dancers.

Calabar is known for its harbor and slave monuments, and so is Tinapa. If you wish, you can go there to pay your respects. It can be an intense experience. A few hours from Calabar, you can find a small town called Obudu. It is close to the border with Cameroon. What you should do here is to rent a car in Calabar, that comes with the driver, and tell him to take you to Obudu via Tinapa. You will see a pretty mountain escape that has a lovely resort where you can relax for a couple of days. You can go for a forest walk, hiking, or relax by the pool all day. Plus, apparently, Austrians built one of the longest cable cars in the world in Nigeria. It can be found in Obudu as well. The point is that you have a few choices at your disposal.

The cuisine in Nigeria is diverse. You can try a lot of traditional meals, although you can find western food in big cities as well. However, you should experience some traditional dishes. Perhaps you will like them. For starters, you should go for an afang soup and an okra soup. Many dishes contain plantain, peepers, pounded yam, and a few others you have never heard about. What you should stay away from is the 404-pepper soup. It is not served in West Nigeria because it is seen as barbaric, but 404 stands for dog meat. Also, pepper in Nigeria is not the same pepper you are accustomed to in Western civilization. It is very spicy. Probably even spicier than Spanish chilies.

Health-wise, you need to practice extreme caution. Never drink tap water, but always go for Swan bottled water. If you do not find Swan, you can buy EVA water. It is the safest. Before you leave for Nigeria, you should get the Yellow fever vaccine. Preferably 10 days before departure. Malaria is also common in Nigeria, so pills and mosquito nets are a must. You should bring a repellent as well, just to be on the safe side. Polio is intermittent in Nigeria, but it is mostly in the North, and you should not go there anyway.

We feel the need to repeat the fact that Nigeria is not regarded as a safe destination. Abuja is relatively safe because that is where most politicians live, but crime levels are really high, especially in Lagos. The delta area is definitely not safe for tourists. Some oil workers were kidnapped in the region. The best places where you can go are Eastern and Western Nigeria, but even there you must use more than common sense to keep yourself safe.

Last but not least, you must be respectful of the Nigerian people. You should never hand anything with your left hand because it is considered an insult. Skipping over someone’s extended legs means bad luck, and you should be very careful how you address older people.

Nigeria may not be the first on your bucket list, but it is always educative to explore a new culture. As long as you follow a few basic rules, you should have a pleasant experience in Nigeria.

  • iVisa is NOT affiliated with any government agency. This app does not provide legal advice and we are not a law firm. None of our customer service representatives are lawyers and they also do not provide legal advice. We are a private, internet-based travel and immigration consultancy provider dedicated to helping individuals travel around the world. You may apply by yourself directly on the various government websites. The source of information: https://immigration.gov.ng/

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