Nigeria Visa On Arrival Process and FAQ

1.What is Visa on Arrival?

The Nigeria Visa on Arrival is a kind of short-term visitor visa that is obtained at the airport or other point of entry. High Net Worth Investors and Intending Visitors who frequently travel and may not be able to obtain a visa at the Nigerian Missions/Embassies in their countries of residence due to the absence of a Nigerian mission in those countries or the exigencies of urgent business travels are eligible to take advantage of this facility.

2.How do I get a Visa On Arrival Approval Letter?

The VOA facility is available to two categories of travelers:Frequently traveled to High Net worth Investors with business interest in Nigeria.

Citizen of African Countries.


  • Frequently Traveled Business Persons of International Reputes
  • Executive of Multi-national Companies
  • Member’s of Government Delegation
  • Holder of United Nations Laissez-Passer
  • Holders of African Union Laissez-Passer
  • Holders of any other Officials Travel document of other recognized International organizations who intend to Visit Nigeria.

Apply and Make Payment

  1. To begin your application, Please visit the NIS portal at and select Apply for Visa on Arrival.
  2. Complete Application and Make Payments.

3.What is Visa Approval Letter?

Visa Approval Letter is a document (approved by the Nigeria Immigration Service Headquarters) that allows a traveler to proceed to Nigeria to pick up entry visa at the point of entry.

4.How long does it take to get the approval letter?

Visa Approval Letter normally takes 2 (48 hours) working days to process and emailed to you and your representative/contact who applied on your behalf in Nigeria.

5.How do I receive my visa approval letter?

Through email or your representative/contact in Nigeria.

6.Are there any restrictions with this type of visa?

Yes, Visa on Arrival is not valid for employment or residence.

7.Do you require a scan of my passport data page?

Yes, a scanned copy of your passport data page is required.

8.What is the minimum validity for my passport?

Your passport must be at least six (6) months valid to apply for Nigerian visa.

9.What are the procedures at the Nigeria Airports/Ports of Entry?

After arriving at the port of entry, you will need to make your way to the Visa on Arrival area so that an approval can be verified, biometric information can be enrolled, and an entrance visa can be issued. You will be needed to provide your authorisation letter, passport, proof of payment, proof of lodging in Nigeria, and a ticket to leave the country.

10.Should I provide exact date of arrival?

Not necessarily but must be within the date provided in your itinerary.

11.How long in advance should I apply for a Visa approval Letter?

Should not exceed validity of Visa Approval Letter of 14 days.

12.Can I travel without Approval letter and get the Visa when I arrive?

No, Approval letter must be obtained before proceeding to Nigeria.

13.How much does the Visa on Arrival Cost?

See Visa Fees here.

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