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    Your Gateway to Nigeria: Hassle-Free Visa Solutions

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    Nigerian Visa from South Africa: Your Key to Seamless Travel

    Expert Visa Assistance for South Africans

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Explore hassle-free solutions to obtain your Nigerian visa from South Africa, whether it's for a holiday visit or business

In this guide, we will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a Nigerian Visa as a South African citizen, including visa requirements, necessary documents, visa fees and more

General Information About Nigerian Visas From South Africa

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Do I Need A Visa For Nigeria?

A visa is required for South African passport holders visiting Nigeria for tourism and business purposes.
South African nationals aiming to travel to Nigeria must obtain a Nigerian visa before making travel arrangements.


What is the criteria for a Nigerian Visa?

South African Citizens must meet the following criteria to get a Nigerian Visa:

Possess a valid passport with at least one blank page
Provide evidence of financial means to cover your stay
Provide a letter of invitation from a person or company in Nigeria
Intend to stay in Nigeria for a short period as stipulated on the visa


What is the process to get a Nigerian Visa?

Determine the type of visa you need
Gather the necessary documents
Complete the application form
Attend the biometrics appointment
Obtain a visa payment receipt and visa acknowledgement receipt

Process Time

How long does it take to process a Nigerian Visa?

The processing time for a Nigerian Visa from South Africa can vary depending on the individual circumstances of each applicant and the volume of applications being processed at the time.
Processing time for a regular visa is 5 working days and for a STR visa or journalist visa it is 15 working days


How much does a visa for Nigeria cost?

Single Entry: Visa Fee: $58, Biometric Fee: $170, Service Charge: $20 (Total: $248)
Multiple Entry: Visa Fee: $103, Biometric Fee: $170, Service Charge: $20 (Total: $293)
TWP/STR: Visa Fee: $205, Biometric Fee: $170, Service Charge: $20 (Total: $395)
Should you select to use the service of VisaRequest, the service fee is R900.

Find comprehensive Nigerian visa information here, covering everything you need to know about visa requirements, eligibility and application procedures for your journey to Nigeria

More about the Nigerian Visa from South Africa

Nigeria is located on the western coast of Africa. It has a diverse geography, with climates ranging from arid to humid equatorial. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with over 200 million people and its most diverse feature is its people with over 500 indigenous languages spoken in the country. Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa, and the 12th largest in the world and has abundant natural resources.

The High Commission issues visas for Nigeria in Pretoria and the Consulate in Johannesburg. South African applicants do not qualify for online visas and need to apply in person to submit their biometric data. A visa for Nigeria is $58 and $103, but there are lost of other expenses including $170 to capture biometric data, a service charge of $20 and often additional compulsory charges.

Should you require the assistance of VisaRequest, an additional R900 service fee is charged. The processing time for a visa for Nigeria from their High Commission in Pretoria can take up to 15 working days, but VisaRequest normally gets the visa issued within 5 working days.

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Learn all about the visa types and visa requirements for Nigerian visas to obtain the necessary documentation with ease

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The Nigerian Visa Types available for South Africans

Visa Type Entry Visa Issued For Validity
Tourist Visa (F5A) Single Entry Travel and sightseeing Maximum period of 90 days
Short Stay Visa (F6A/F6B) Single Or Multiple Social visit to family and friends Not exceeding 90 days per visit
Business Visa (F4A/F4B) Single or multiple (1, 2 or 5 years) Enter Nigeria for business Visit 90 days, valid up to five years
Subject to regularization (STR) Multiple years according to the contract Take up full employment in Nigeria Valid for the duration of the permit
Temporary Work Permit (F8A) Single or Multiple (6 Months) High skills in temporary work-related activities Valid 90 days from the date of issuance

Types of Nigerian Visas to apply for

  • Apply for a Tourist Visa when you plan the following:
    Foreign Travelers who wish to visit Nigeria for travel and tourism
  • Apply for a Short Stay Visa when you plan the following:
    Foreign Travelers who wish to visit family and friends
  • Apply for a Business Visa when you plan the following:
    – Business Discussions
    – Meetings Business Partners
    – Contract Negotiation
    – Marketing and sales
    – Purchase or distribution
    – Job Interviews
    – Attending Conference
    – Trade Fairs
    – Procurement of Nigerian goods
    – Academic or Educational
    – Non-Government Organisations
    – Training of Nigerians
    – Emergency or relief work
    – Musical concerts and Events
  • Apply for a Subject to regularization (STR) Visa when you plan the following:
    – Expatriates and their dependents
    – Technical officials of Diplomatic Missions in Nigeria
    – International students
    – Researchers
    – Clerics and their dependents
    – Highly skilled foreign workers who wish to stay in Nigeria for the long term
  • Apply for a Temporary Work Permit when you plan the following:
    – Commissioning Inspections
    – Auditing Accounting
    – Review Development
    – Company Consultancy
    – Visiting Facilities
    – Specialized skilled services
    – Installation, Upgrading, Maintenance or Repairs of equipment and machinery
    – Training or capacity building for Nigerian staff
    – Audit of machinery or equipment and financial records
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Requirements For Nigerian Visas

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months and a copy of the data page of the passport
  • Printed copy of a completed visa application form
  • Two colour passport-sized photographs with a white background
  • Flight itinerary
  • Evidence of sufficient funds: Three months’ bank statements with the name and address of the account holder and a balance of at least R30 000
  • Nigeria Immigration Service Visa Payment Receipt and Visa Acknowledgement Receipt
    – Make an appointment at the Online Integrated Solution (OIS) center for biometrics on the following website:
    – Pay online at and print the payment receipt
  • For Tourism
    Proof of Accommodation from host in Nigeria or evidence of hotel reservation
  • For Short Stay
    Invitation letter from family or friend in Nigeria and their passport/ID card copy
  • For Business
    Letter of Confirmation of employment from the employer in South Africa
    Signed Letter of Invitation from a company in Nigeria
    –  On the company’s letterhead with a valid telephone number and dated
    –  Addressed to the Nigerian Consulate in Pretoria
    –  Acceptance of immigration responsibility (IR)
    –  Certificate of Incorporation for the host company
    –  Self-sponsored business professionals may not require an invitation letter

Requirements For Nigerian Visas

  • For Subject to Regularization (STR) Visa
    – Duly completed visa application form IMM 22 in quadruplicate with four recent passport photographs
    – Four copies of the letter of Expatriate Quota Approval from the Ministry of Interior
    – Four copies of credentials, certificates and curriculum vitae, all vetted by a relevant official of Nigerian High Commission/Embassy
    – Four copies of the offer Letter of Employment
    – Four copies of the Letter of Acceptance of employment, signed by expatriate
    – Nigeria Immigration Service Visa Payment Receipt and Visa Acknowledgement Receipt
    – For Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of Corporate Organizations, an extract of the minutes of the Board’s resolution is required
    – Expatriate quota approval which is the Nigerian Immigration approval quota
    – Credentials of the applicant (certificates, diplomas, degrees) and the CV or Resume
    – Certificate of incorporation of the Nigerian company
    – Copy of company memorandum & article association
    – Copy of corporate affairs particulars of directors and shareholders
    – A formal letter requesting an STR visa from the company in Nigeria
  • For Temporary Work Permit (TWP)
    Work contract and letter of acceptance from the employer in Nigeria
    Invitation Letter from Host Company in Nigeria
    Attach a work order indicating the exact job to be performed by the expert
    Certificate of Incorporation for the host company
    Formal IR application indicating acceptance of Immigration Responsibilities (IR)

The approved letter by the Comptroller General of Immigration is valid for two months and must be addressed to the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria.

To get this letter, the company in Nigeria needs to send an application letter to the Comptroller General of Immigration (CGI) that contains the following:

  • Name of contractor/employee
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • Purpose and duration of visit
  • Consular Mission where Visa is to be issued
  • Acceptance of Immigration Responsibility

VisaRequest understands the comprehensive visa requirements for Nigeria Visas, and our expert team will guide you through the necessary documents needed for your Nigerian visa application, ensuring a seamless application process from South Africa.

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Contact the Nigerian Embassy in South Africa for more information

Nigeria in Pretoria

971 Francis Baard Street
Arcadia, 0083

Nigerian High Commission

Tel: 012 342 0905/0808

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Nigeria in Johannesburg

No 16, Rivonia Road,
Illovo, Johannesburg

Consulate of Nigeria

Tel: 011 442 3620

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Three Simple Steps To Get Your Visa For Nigeria

Complete the Application Form
Collect the required documents and pay the visa fee
Schedule and attend the biometric data capturing

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The VisaRequest expert will assist with the application and keep you informed about the status throughout the visa application process

A simplified application process
Review the application to avoid errors
Expert support from start to finish
Confirm when the visa is issued

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Your questions answered about Nigerian Visa Applications in South Africa

    Nigeria issue short term tourist, travel, business and work authorization as well as long term work and residence authorization

    You'll need a valid passport and completed application form together with a proof of funds, purpose of your visit, invitation and employment letters.

    The biometric data is required and you need to make an appointment with Online Integrated Solution (OIS) and pay then $170 to capture your data

    Single entry is $248, multiple entry is $293 and TWP/STR is $395. Should you require the assistance of VisaRequest, an additional R900 service fee is charged.

    Processing time for a regular visa is 5 working days and for a STR visa or journalist visa it is 15 working days.

    You need to proof that you can afford your stay in Nigeria by providing three months bank statements with a balance of R30 000 for the past 30 days.

    The single-entry visas is valid for 90 days and multiple entry visas is valid for 6 months, with each entry not exceeding 90 days per visit.

    A yellow fever card is mandatory both for Nigerian entry and re-entry into South Africa and the injection must be received at least 10 days before entry into Nigeria and the certificate is valid for 10 years.

    While travel insurance is not a requirement for obtaining a tourist visa, it is highly recommended to cover medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and other unexpected events. This is available from VisaRequest at a competitive rate.

    You qualify for a TWP visa if you provide specialized skilled services such as installations, maintenance, repairs of machines and equipment or training.

    Yes, there is an expatriate quota issued by the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs and the renewal of quotas are considered on merit and on a case per case basis.

    Foreign visitors who overstay are ‘undesirable persons’ and may incur a ban from Nigeria for a time period, and you may also be charged a fine for each day that you overstay on your visa and if it exceeds 180 days, they will have to pay $2000 fine.

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