Citizens of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) do not require entry permit into Nigeria. All visitors not exempted from entry permits are advised to apply and obtain appropriate visas from the nearest Nigerian Diplomatic Mission – Embassy, High Commission or Consulate before entry into Nigeria. Early application is advisable to avoid delay.
Health authorities require international certificates of vaccination against cholera and yellow fever from all visitors. Anti-malaria prophylactic is also recommended.
Export of Antiquities
No art treasure may be taken out of the country without written approval from the appropriate Nigerian authorities.This approval must come from the Department of Antiquities, National Museum, Lagos, or Jos. The law prohibiting the export of all forms of antiquity, including all ritual art objects even of contemporary make, is strictly enforced.
Government offices are open from 7.30 a.m. to3.30 p.m. Monday through Friday, while commercial houses are open from8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Most offices are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, but many shops are open on Saturdays and some banks open on Saturdays too.
Nigeria boasts of a number of museums and monuments, games reserve and other natural and historical sights to see.There is the National Museum in Lagos,with branches in Jos, Benin and Kaduna. There is also the Ife Museum, theOron Museum, the Esie Museum, the Kano Museum, the Owo Museum, the WarMuseum in Umuahia and the Calabar Museum.
A museum of Black and African culture is housed at the Centre for Black African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC) at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos. The games reserves include Yankari, Ologbo,Old Oyo, Borgu, Orle River, Zugurma, Dagida, Alawa, Kwambana and the KainjiLake Game Reserve.
Other interesting sights are the Shere Hills, Jos; Olumo Rocks, Abeokuta; Zuma Rock, Abuja; Ikogosi Warm and Cold Spring in Ekiti State; Obudu Cattle Ranch in the Cross River State; Kura Falls in Plateau State; Asorp Falls in Benue State; the Oshun River and Shrine in Oshogbo, Oshun State and the Argungu Village in Sokoto State, especially during the fishing festival; the first storey-building in Nigeria and the slave chains of the slave trade era are all located in Badagry, Lagos State.