If you want to visit a country where the locals have huge smiles on their faces, despite the issues that they face on a day to day basis, Nigeria is the country for you. Although the country has faced its fair share of economic and political issues, the country is a safe place to visit, so long as you choose your specific holiday destination carefully, and travel at the right time of year. If you are planning on visiting Nigeria for the first time, keep reading for some essential tips.
Although Nigeria was declared free of Ebola in 2014 by the World Health Organisation, following 20 confirmed cases earlier that year, there are still some diseases that are widespread in the country that you will need to see your health professional about. The main jabs for Nigeria that you will need include Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Tetanus, Poliomyelitis, Hepatitis A and Diphtheria. You may also wish to consider receiving jabs for Rabies, Meningitis, Hepatitis B and Cholera. Contact The London Travel Clinic as soon as possible before you travel for further advice.
British nationals travelling to Nigeria will need a valid visa to be permitted entry. In order to obtain a visa, you need to complete an application form, show proof of your itinerary, accommodation and flight details, and have at least six months left on your passport. You will also be asked to provide a copy of your bank statement showing funds of at least £500, and have a letter from your employer proving employment. Visas aren’t issued on arrival in Nigeria so it is vital that you obtain one before you travel.
Nigeria is a beautiful country, but there are some areas that are unsafe to visit due to political problems. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website keeps this information updated, so make sure you bookmark their site and check it regularly before you travel. The main no-go areas at present are in the north-east of the country, however it is wise to be vigilant at all times. Consular assistance is limited in the areas where the FCO recommend visitors avoid travelling to.
Nigeria is a predominantly Muslim country, and the culture may be a bit of a shock to you if you aren’t prepared for it. When visiting Nigeria, you’ll want to pack modest clothes and be prepared to behave in a respectful manner, especially around religious sites. If you are travelling during Ramadan, it is important to show respect to those that are fasting, and you may also be required to observe the rules of Ramadan in public. If travelling on business, you may also wish to enquire as to what will be allowed, as although it is not impossible to travel, some things may be restricted.
Nigeria is an interesting travel destination that has seen its fair share of upheaval. However, you can have a pleasant time in the country if you prepare before you travel.
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