What You Should Know Before You Have Family Trip to Nigeria?
|December 23, 2013||Posted by Vishal under Nigeria, Nigeria Tourist Visa||
If you are travelling to Nigeria with your family, whether it be for business purposes, to visit family or for a holiday, there are some things you should know before you travel. The most important of these include getting a health, safety and getting a Nigerian tourist visa.
When travelling abroad it is vital to make sure you have taken the necessary steps to keep you and your family healthy. Health concerns vary from one country to the next so it is important to speak to your doctor as they can tell you exactly what you need to do if you are visiting Nigeria. Generally, you will need to make sure you are up to date with vaccinations such as diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, MMR vaccine, the polio vaccine and the varicella vaccine for chickenpox. If you usually have a yearly flu shot then this should be arranged before your trip. There are further vaccines you will need that are specific to Nigeria because there is a risk of contracting certain diseases in this country. These include yellow fever, typhoid, hepatitis A and malaria.
Another consideration for travellers is their health once they are in the country. It is wise to find out as much as you can about particular health risks and how you can avoid them before you travel to Nigeria. For example, you can contract yellow fever and malaria through bug bites. Therefore, you should pack insect repellents in your suitcase to avoid your family coming into contact with one of these unpleasant and serious illnesses.
Anyone from the UK who is travelling to Nigeria must have a valid visa. You can complete an application form online at The Nigeria Immigration website or by visiting your nearest Nigerian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. Anyone applying for a visa must have a passport that is valid for a minimum of six months from the date you planning to travel. Each person applying for a Nigerian tourist visa will also need a passport photograph for their visa application. All applicants must pay the appropriate fees, including any processing fees, with a British Postal Order. This postal order should be made payable to the Nigeria High Commission, London.
Safety in Nigeria
For anybody who is travelling to Nigeria with their family, safety is likely to be one of your primary concerns. To keep your family safe, you should thoroughly research any particular safety concerns relating to the area of Nigeria you are travelling too. While some areas are considered relatively safe for tourists, there are certain areas of Nigeria that travellers are advised to avoid. Particular issues to be aware of are violent street crime, kidnaps and financial scams. However, there are steps you can take to lower the risk of falling victim to these crimes. Travellers are advised not to travel on the roads at night or to carry large amounts of money on their person. Another good piece of advice is not to wear expensive jewellery and watches.
Due to political unrest in many areas of this country, it is wise to follow current news and updates regarding any particular issues you may encounter in the area you are staying. For example, violent street demonstrations may arise with little or no warning. These should be avoided for the safety of your family. Some areas also have curfews and restrictions on vehicle movement. Keep up to date with the latest developments as if you fail to comply with local regulations you and your family face a significant risk.
Although you will want to enjoy your time in Nigeria, swimming off the coast is best avoided. This is due to strong under tows and rip tides. It is best to seek local advice on this issue as there are many deaths from drowning each year.
Provided that you are fully prepared before travelling by having the necessary Nigerian tourist visa documents, the correct vaccinations and have researched and prepared for any health and safety issues, there is no reason you and your family should not enjoy your stay in Nigeria.
This post was written by Vishal Mavadia, Business Director Visa Services London.