5 Things to do before you Travel to Nigeria

 

 

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As with any traveling arrangements you need to get yourself prepared and organized to avoid any mishap or regret on your trip.Here are the most important things to do before saying goodbye to your favorite dog, Milo and your lovely cat Snowy. Well, I will think you have made your hotel reservation  before setting out on your travel.

  1. Visa: Most Countries you travel to require you to have a valid visa before your journey starts.  Nigeria is not left out on the visa requirement policy to travel .  You have to visit the nearest   Nigerian Embassy in your State and get your visa processed.

 

Sample visa

Sample of a Nigerian visa


 

  1. Tropical Country: Nigeria is considered a tropical Destination by Travel Advisors and Airlines. What that means for you visiting Nigeria, is to get some bottles of insects and mosquito repellant. Trust you don’t want to go back home after a wonderful time with Malaria. Also bring along your sun screen and tanning  lotion because of the blazing sun here in Nigeria .

 

  1. Vaccination: Health they say is wealth, it is always advisable to get vaccinated before traveling  and sometimes you are required to show your vaccination card at the Airport, just to be on the safe side and not  be delayed at the Airport, its best you come with one.

 

Nigeria has been cleared of Ebola  by WHO.

 

  1. Currency: Money!!! Naira is the main currency in Nigeria and it comes in different denominations, ranging from N5, N10, N20, N50, N100, N200, N500 and N1000. But other foreign currencies are available and accepted here in Nigeria. The predominant ones  here are the Dollars, Pounds and Euro. There are lots of Bureau De change all over the country as well as inside the various  Airports  for you to change from your currency to Naira.

Nigerian Currency

 

 

  1. Transportation: Every Tourists experience starts and ends with transportation. Here in Nigeria we have a variety of transportation system in place, from the Government owned to the

Privately owned ones, like the Metro Taxi that comes with hotspot enabled cars, our famous BRT buses in Lagos with their dedicated lanes, Ferry services, the popular Okada (Bike Riders) and Keke Napep(Tricycle).  You sure are going to see a lot on your visit to Nigeria.  Also we have our official Lagos colored Taxi that comes in Yellow and black stripes.

 

Nigeria transport

 

Safety Tips:   Many a times we have heard horrible stories of bags and luggage getting stolen or lost. So what I basically do before I embark on any trip, is to have all my travel documents scanned and mailed to myself, just in case I misplace them or it gets stolen.  At least with the backed up one in your email box, you can still get a travel document back home and then you can get it sorted.  Safety  should always be your watch word.

 

Take away.

*Do not carry too much cash on you if you can help it

* When outdoors, do be security conscious and stay together if you are in a group or with people you know.

* Do not flash your expensive jewelries while in the public or your gadgets and stuff that can attract the wrong attention to you.

* If out for the night with friends, stay close together and no wandering off alone.

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