Nigeria can be volatile and highly energetic but her people are generally peaceful and welcoming. Hygiene standards are low and Malaria and Typhoid are endemic. 

Is it necessary to buy Travel Insurance before coming to Nigeria?

Is it necessary to buy Travel Insurance before coming to Nigeria?

What is Crime like in Nigeria?

Nigerians are generally friendly and welcoming, however, the crime rate in Nigeria is high, kidnapping and militancy exists in South South and South Eastern regions. There are pockets of terrorism related events in the extreme North Eastern part of the country (Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa). Visitors are strongly advised to take extra precaution when visiting those regions.

What Vaccinations do I Need?

Malaria and typhoid are endemic in Nigeria; we advise that travellers consult their doctors for prescription medicine against malaria before, during and after your trip. Vaccination against typhoid is recommended. We also advise that travellers purchase mosquito repellant creams. Port Health Officials requires proof of yellow fever vaccination (Yellow Card).

Emergency Contacts

The National emergency line is 112. You may also call 767 for emergency contacts in Lagos State.  

Public Holidays

Safety of Roads

The federal road safety commission oversees the regulations and rules on federal roads in Nigeria. This function is delegated to state agencies for state and local roads in some states.

What do I need to drive in Nigeria?

As a visitor, you need an international driver’s license to drive in Nigeria.

Can I rent a car in Nigeria?

Yes you can, you will be required to meet certain conditions. Major international car renting companies operate in Nigeria- Avis, Hertz etc.

Are seatbelts compulsory?

Yes they are. You will be fined if you do not wear seatbelts.

Are you allowed to use mobile phones while driving?

No! You are not allowed to use mobile phones; some states have huge fines for this offence.

What are the conditions of the roads in Nigeria?

The road conditions vary from state to state, most of the intra city roads are tarred while roads in the rural areas may not be tarred. It is normal to experience potholes on Nigerian roads.

Most interstate roads have police check points and you may sight federal road safety corps marshals on the roads. Road users may be occasionally stopped for checking and tips could be demanded by police officers. It is advisable to ensure that all the vehicle registration documents are up to date before you set out.

In case of emergency what help is available?

You may call 112 and wait for an operator. You may also call 767 in Lagos State

Safety on the roads in Nigeria