Here are some practical infromation you need to know as you come to Nigeria.
English is the official language of Nigeria and it’s used at all levels of administration such as law, commerce and education. It is spoken with varying degrees of fluency by over 50% of our population, making Nigeria the largest English Speaking country in Africa.
The Nigerian unit of currency is the Naira, with notes issued in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 Naira denominations. Visitors may bring unlimited amounts of foreign currency, provided a declaration of such currency is made to customs. Foreign currency may be changed only at authorized banks. ABuja has a lot of ATM Machines, to ensure you do not run out of cash, you can use any of the nearest machines, you local cards work here.
BANKING AND OFFICE HOURS
There are over 100 commercial and merchants/investment banks with over 1,800 branches throughout the country. Banks are open to customers between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.
Nigerian law requires every tourist to have vaccinations against yellow fever in order to enter the country.
This is extremely important since the consequence of not having documented yellow fever vaccinations could lead to a tourist being denied entry at the airport.
Nigeria is a tropical country and therefore, it is necessary to protect yourself against Malaria.
Nigeria is 1 hour ahead of GMT, meaning that during daylight savings, it would be 12:00 in London, 1:00 p.m. in Nigeria and 8:00 am in New York.
Visitors to Nigeria are allowed 4 liters of Alcoholic Beverage and 200 Cigarettes duty-free. Visitors may export souvenirs, although some articles (e.g. animals skins and antiques) require an export permit.
Illegal drugs of any description are not allowed into Nigeria. Please check with a Nigerian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission nearest you for current information before departure.
Nigeria uses 220 volts, however, most hotels have 220 volts for electric shavers. A converter is needed for electric equipment designed for 110 volts. You require the Travel Plug Adapter (Type G) to use your devices in Nigeria.