Free import by passengers of 18 years of age or over:
• 200 cigarettes or 50 medium sized cigars or 200 grammes of tobacco of foreign manufacture; If more is imported, duty is due on the whole quantity;
• 1 litre of spirits and 1 litre of wine; if more is imported, duty is due on the whole quantity;
• 284 cu. cm. of perfume or eau-de-Cologne or other perfumed spirits; if more is imported, duty is due on the whole quantity;
• gifts valued up to NGN 300.- (excl. jewelry, photographic equipment, electronics and luxury goods).
• All kinds of beer, mineral water and soft drinks;
• Sparkling wine (including champagne);
• All fruits, vegetables, cereals and eggs either fresh or preserved;
• Textile fabrics and mosquito netting;
• Jewelry and precious metals.
• For the import of plants, seeds, flowers, passengers should be advised to consult in advance the Director of Agricultural Research, Plant Quarantine Service, Federal Dept. of Agricultural Research, Moor Plantation, Ibadan about the conditions under which importation is permitted. Non-compliance with these conditions will result in such items being confiscated by the Plant Quarantine Officer at the airport of arrival and passengers must pay for the destruction.
• No pharmaceutical products may be carried in passengers' checked baggage.
• Dogs and cats must be accompanied by a health certificate and rabies certificate issued by a veterinary at point of origin. The certificate may not be older than 1 week. Pets may enter as passenger's checked baggage or as cargo.
Free export by passengers of 18 years of age or over:
• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 1 lb. of tobacco of foreign manufacture; 200 cigarettes of local manufacture;
• 1 bottle of whisky of foreign manufacture. African ceremonial objects and African antiquities can only be exported with approval of the Department of Antiquities.
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Basic health information for travelers to Nigeria
• A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required by travellers over one year of age arriving within six days from infected areas. Travellers arriving from non-endemic zones should note that vaccination is strongly recommended for travel outside the urban areas, even if an outbreak of the disease has not been reported and they would normally not require a vaccination certificate to enter the country. The risk of contracting yellow fever is highest in Lagos and Kaduna states. Contact Embassy/High Commission for exact details of vaccination requirements prior to travel.
• A cholera vaccination certificate is not a condition of entry to Nigeria. However, evidence of cholera vaccination is required by certain nationals before they may enter the country (check with the nearest Nigerian Embassy) and vaccination is therefore advised. Cholera is a serious risk in this country and precautions are essential. Up-to-date advice should be sought before deciding whether these precautions should include vaccination, as medical opinion is divided over its effectiveness; see the Health appendix for further information.
• Polio and typhoid both occur.
• Malaria risk exists all year throughout the country. The predominant falciparum strain has been reported to be resistant to chloroquine.
• All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Milk is unpasteurised and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised, but make sure that it is reconstituted with pure water. Avoid dairy products which are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Pork, salad and mayonnaise may carry increased risk. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.
• Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is present. Avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water; swimming pools which are well chlorinated and maintained are safe. Hepatitis A, B, C and E are present; precautions should be taken. Meningococcal meningitis, leishmaniasis, trypanosomiasis and onchocerciasis (river blindness) occur. TB and Dengue fever also occur and HIV is a risk.
Rabies is present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay. For more information, consult the Health appendix.
• The government-provided health care facilities are of a poor standard and are subject to shortages of drugs, equipment, materials and even electricity. It is advisable to take a sufficient supply of drugs or medication to meet personal needs. However, there are some adequate private facilities where the standards approach those of Europe. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. There is no reciprocal health agreement with the UK. Medical insurance is essential.
Basic security information for travelers to Nigeria
• There is a high risk of terrorism in Nigeria. All travellers are advised to exercise caution and observe vigilance at all times, particularly in areas where there are political or other large public gatherings. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including government and security institutions, international organisations as well as public areas such as markets, hotels, shopping centres, places of worship and other areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
• Violent street crimes e.g. muggings, kidnappings, car-jackings and especially armed robberies continue at high levels in the south of the country. The prevailing situation even in comparatively safe areas of Lagos can change quickly, with periodic reports of street and car-related crimes.
• Nigeria experiences heavy rainfall during the wet season (June - September) and flash flooding can occur. Water-borne disease poses a greater risk during the rainy season; there have been reports of cholera in Oyo State.
• Travellers should take extra precautions and avoid crowds when travelling in northern Nigeria. Violence could erupt quickly and without warning.