Nigeria Vaccinations and Travel Advice

Nigeria Vaccinations and Travel Advice

While traveling to Nigeria, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.

Considered a multiethnic West African country, Nigeria attracts tourists all year round with its breathtaking landscape. Yankari National Park will satisfy nature lovers and adventurers with its elephants, buffaloes, hippopotami, crocodiles, lions and gazelles. Famous for its variety of butterflies, the Cross River National Park is home to many other species. Whilst the country is known for its natural sights, you should not miss a tour of its cultural and historical sites. History buffs will be amazed at its huge sculptures, and Yoruba God shrines in Nigeria’s sacred forests.

While traveling to Nigeria, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.
A beautiful waterfront in Nigeria

What vaccines do I need for Nigeria in 2021?

The Government of Canada and CDC recommend the following vaccinations for travelling to Nigeria in 2021: MeaslesHepatitis ATyphoidHepatitis BMalariaRabiesYellow FeverMeningitisPolioCholera. COVID-19

Recommended travel vaccinations for Nigeria

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
Yellow FeverMosquito bites
MeningitisAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to Nigeria

MedicationAdditional Information
Azithromycin or SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea
Malarone, Doxycycline or MefloquineRecommended anti-malaria medication

Medical Care in Nigeria

Healthcare in Nigerian public hospitals is inadequate, and it is advisable to use private institutions. The Saint-Nicolas Hospital – open 24/7 – is a reliable facility for medical treatment including general surgery, general medicine, orthopedics, gynecology and a dialysis unit. The Critical Rescue International (CRI) provides medical emergency services with quality equipment and competent paramedics.

Pharmaceuticals from Europe are easily available from Nigerian pharmacies, but it is still advisable to bring an emergency medical kit with you.

There are no centralized emergency numbers, make sure to research contact information on nearby facilities.

Is Nigeria Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Crime High risk; Beware of carjacking
Terrorism Risk present
Demonstrations Risk of violence
Curfew Present in many cities
Road safety Poor road conditions; Caution required when travelling from or to the airport
Public transportation Avoid public transportation
Remote areas Monitor reports carefully before entering such areas
Hotel selection Stay in high security hotels
Kidnapping Risk present
Fraud Common; Caution required
Northern and Middle Belt states of Adamawa/ Bauchi/ Borno/ Gombe/ Kaduna/ Kano/ Plateau/ Yobe AVOID ALL TRAVEL
Niger Delta states of Abia/ Akwa Ibom/ Anambra/ Bayelsa/ Delta/ Imo/ Rivers AVOID ALL TRAVEL
Abuja/ Calabar/ Lagos High degree of caution required
Demonstrations Risk of violence
Swimming Coastal waters are dangerous; Presence of reptides is common
Health Zika virusPolioCholera and Lassa fever warning
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Do I Need a Visa to Visit Nigeria?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Both, a visa and a passport are required to enter Nigeria. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure.

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Embassy of Canada to Nigeria information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Canadian High Commission to Nigeria (ABUJA)
Street Address:
13010G, Palm close, Diplomatic drive,
Central Business District, Abuja, Nigeria

Tel.: +234 (09) 461 2900
Fax: +234 (09) 461 2902

Email: [email protected]

Canadian Deputy High Commission to Nigeria (LAGOS)
Street Address:
4 Anifowoshe Street,
Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Tel.: +234 (1) 271 5650
Fax: +234 (1) 271 5651

Email: [email protected]

Click here to access the high commission’s website