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Nigeria Travel Facts

Natural Features: In the center around Jos is a plateau area with short grasses and open scenery, this is the most pleasant climate in the country. The only mountains are in the far east along the Cameroon border. Cutting northwest to southeast is the Niger River, Africa's third longest river. As you move inland from the Coastal oil- producing region there are thick forests
Rainy Seasons: May to September
Accommodation: Some of the newer hotels, notably in the Arewa chain, are Nigerian owned and operated, cheap by the standards of neighouring countries and very comfortable. Two important, general points to note: all hotels levy a fifteen percent tax and require a deposit, usually at least equal to a night's lodging. Up market hotels have every modern facility in the rooms and some also have tennis courts and pools. Water and electricity go out often and unpredictably, but bigger places have generators to cope. Most hotels of standing have rates from residents and non-residents, the latter being substantially higher and often payable in foreign currency. Rooms in budget hotels may range form a bed with four walls to gadget-filled abodes cluttered with TV. Price varies according to the perks.
Post and Communications: Mail is unpredictable and many still rely on courier or friends flying abroad to send mail. Telephones are run by NITEL and it is possible to phone abroad directly from Lagos and a couple of other cities.
Entertainment: Nigeria has a thriving and complex cultural scene. Theatre is lively and inventive and now benefiting from cross-fertilization with TV. Cinema is blighted by financial incapacity. Sports, football and athletics are the big crowd pullers. But one can also feel the heartbeat of Nigerian music and perhaps have a chance of meeting international stars like King Sunny Ade, Victor Uwaifor and Sony Okosuns.
Culture: Nigeria has distinguished itself in the field of arts especially drama. Besides, there are over 200 linguistic groups in the country contributing to the country's cultural pool. Part of the most visible aspects of culture in Nigeria is therefore the mode of dressing in the various linguistic groups.


Getting There:

Air: There are no direct Nigeria Airways flights to or from the USA, therefore travellers from USA must pass through Europe or any African city where there are flights operating to and from
Road: The road system is good.
Sea: You can travel to Cameroon by boat from Oron, which is a short ferry ride from Calabar. It's usually a two-day trip from Calabar to Limbe, including an overnight stay in Oron.

Best Time To Visit: November to February, and December.

Travel Around:

Air: Nigeria Airways operates internal flight schedules
Road: Travel by bus is safe and comfortable.
Rail: Trains go to various destinations
Driving: International Driving Permit required

Passport and Visa: Required, but NOT by following:

  1. Holders of United Nations Laissez- Passer travelling on duty.
  2. Holders of a valid Seaman Book and Letter of authority travelling on duty.
  3. Holders of valid Ecowas Travel Document/certificate. Passport validity: Passport must be valid for 6 months.

Visas: Required but NOT by following.

  1. Nationals of Nigeria.
  2. For stay up to 90 days by nationals of Camerron, Chad, ECOWAS countries & Morocco.
  3. Commonwealth High Commisioners, Ambassadors and their familles and staff.
  4. Guests of the Nigerian Government.
  5. Holders of re-entry permit. Children holding their own passport must have a separate visa or re-entry permit.

Recommended Immunisation: diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, meningitis, polio, TB, tetanus, typhoid, yellow fever. Recommended in some circumstances, seek further advice.
Compusory Vacination: yellow fever certificate if arriving from infected areas. Exempt infants under 1 year

Religion: Christian, Indigenous belief, Muslim
Languages: En, Ha
GDP: $320 per capita
Currency: Naira = 100 kobo (NGN)
Credit Cards: You're unlikely to get a cash advance on any credit card in Nigeria absolutely not with a Visa Card.
Time: GMT+ 1
International Dialing Code: 234
International Radios: BBC Khz;(daytime) 17830, 15400, 6005, (evening) 17830,15400,11835
Business Hours: Government offices are open from 0730 to 1530 Monday to Friday and from 0730 to 1300 on Saturday. Banks are open from 0800 to 1500 Monday to Thursday and until 1300 on Friday. Shops are open from 0800 to 1700 Monday to Friday, 0800 to 1630 Saturday.
Weekly Days Off: Saturday ,Sunday
Public Holidays: Good Friday, Easter Monday, Islamic Holidays (Variables), National Day (Oct 1), Christmas Day (Dec 25), Boxing Day (Dec 26), New Year's Day (Jan 1), Workers' Day (May 1), Children's Day (May 27)
Electricity: 220/250V AC
Emergency Services: Police: 199 Fire: 999 Ambulance: 999

Last Updated on Saturday 5th December 2009

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