The Gods must be crazy: Nigeria visa upon arrival a fact
Replies: 20 - Last Post: Sep 3, 2013 1:15 PM Last Post By: IntrepidGee
Oct 16, 2012 1:03 AM
The Gods must be crazy: Nigeria visa upon arrival a factSo I asked an immigration officer at the airport a couple of days ago. He says it is in effect. You need to fill a form online, pay with visa and come to Nigeria with the receipt it seems. I alo notice increasingly less hassle at the airport's immigration - are they finally opening up? Here is the website:
I would like to know from the first adventurer who actually has done it.
Oct 16, 2012 2:16 AM
Oct 16, 2012 6:48 PM
2A visa upon arrival might be an online fact, and it is indeed on the legitimate government website, but it is not an on the ground reality at all. This info on their site has been up for over 2 years. I traveled from the US to Lagos and Port Harcourt last year and had seen this same info online, I called the Nigerian Embassy in DC and they said this could not be done.
Oct 18, 2012 11:38 PM
3Hi Am -
I doubt you saw that last year - the visa upon arrival was only announced officially a couple of months ago - in a communique in April 2012 I believe. Its a recent thing. I also doubt the Nigerian Embasy was so proactive as to put it on the website several months before it went into effect. Secondly, embassies will ALWAYS tell you to get the visa in advance; even for dead-easy countries like Kenya and Uganda etc they say it cannot be obtained upon entry and needs to be gotten in advance.
I got my info from last week, when an official went through the line screaming "Anyone here for visa upon arrival? Folow me" and when I asked another one how it was done.
That, if course, does not mean that getting through immigration is an easy thing. Nigeria will always be Nigeria. They indeed put posters all over with phone numbers who to call in case of corruption but I was still asked (slyly though) for a bribe; and cfr the horror stories of naive folks coming from the US and usng Lagos as a transit hub with Delta or United....its Nigeria duh!!!
Oct 22, 2012 5:05 AM
4I don't know about the visa, but I arrived to Lagos yesterday morning (on a multiple-entry tourist/ visitor visa) and felt a distinct change. Very visible signs about not taking money, then no one actually asking for money!
Glad it's not just me that's noticed.
I also got stopped by traffic police in the afternoon, who took 15 mins to explain why they were stopping me (security risk), but nothing further and let me go on my way... can it be true?!
Btw, nice title - though I've still never seen that movie!
Oct 24, 2012 2:06 PM
Dec 10, 2012 9:22 PM
Has anyone done this or know someone's who has been successful?! I need to get to niaja in a couple of weeks but have to travel on my uk passport. I'm not in the uk to get a visa so need alternatives and a quick turnaround. I asked my brother about it and he'd never heard of it. I don't want o do it and then get sent back
Any suggestions? Smallmasterr have you travelled since October, by any chance and the scheme is still happening?
Any help is appreciated
Dec 14, 2012 6:55 AM
7im looking at flying into nigeria,either lagos or abuja.im in tunisia now & would be really handy to get a visa on arrival instead of getting in tunis,even if that is possible,does anyone know that?
please,as anyone actually got a VOA in nigeria?im skeptical until i actually see someone post here that they got a VOA for nigeria.
Dec 20, 2012 5:14 AM
8well,as no one has posted,i assume its not possible to get VOA in nigeria.
i have tried to get a visa in tunis from the embassy there but also that is not possible.
you have to be a resident of tunisia to get a nigerian visa in tunis.
apparently you must get nigerian visas from your home country.does anyone know if there is anywhere else in this region to get a nigerian visa?
Dec 20, 2012 2:21 PM
9I've had rocky road to get a visa from Niamey at the beginning of this Year. The German Federal Foreign Office is still writing that a visa is not issued upon arrival. So I don't believe that things have changed.
Dec 20, 2012 3:40 PM
Dec 21, 2012 12:04 AM
Dec 21, 2012 1:26 AM
12I think the VOA is only for business travellers, supported with letters of introduction etc. Even then it is not advisable as one piece of wrong documentation and home you go. Also it is debatable whether the airline would let you take off, as happened to me tying to get to Iran. Next time I go through the airport though I will attempt further investigation.
Jan 23, 2013 10:39 PM
13Does anyone know anything about the necessity of a letter of invitation from a company/host in Nigeria accepting immigration responsibility? how to get that if i don't know anyone in that country? Any update on the VOA?
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