Nigeria can be visited all the year round. But the traveller planning a visit should take the following into consideration:
Rain falls, particularly in the south, between May and September. It can be heavy in June and can cause inconveniences. Temperature ranges from 23-31 °C in the south, with high humidity. A cooler, but dusty harmattan season stretches from December to January
Visitors from the Commonwealth countries as well as other nations require an entry permit, obtained in advance, and the application should be supported by a letter of invitation and a return ticket for the journey. Processing will take at least two days.
It is very important to be aware of the fact that medical providers may not accept payment through your insurance company in case you may need medical care while in Nigeria.
In these circumstances you will have to pay in full after your treatment and file a claim with your insurance company for reimbursement.
Therefore you should have access to cash, either from a credit card or by money transfer. There are many ATM cash dispensers in major cities and towns where you can withdraw some funds if needed. Credit or debit cards are also accepted in major hotels and shopping malls. Top hotels in Abuja and Lagos only accept payment in American dollars.
Visa & Immigration
To enter Nigeria, a valid passport and visa are required for nationals of virtually all countries. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after period of intended stay.
All visitors to Nigeria must hold passports or ECOWAS traveling documents (for nationals from ECOWAS member countries such as ).
Citizens of countries for which Nigeria requires visas must obtain entry information and visas in advance from Nigerian embassies or consulates abroad.
Visas cannot be obtained aboard planes or at the airport. Inquiries may be made at the nearest Nigerian embassy or consulate.
Getting around is relatively easy, except that there could be delays owing to traffic most especially during rush hours within major cities.
As usual, there are multitudes of coaches and buses that will take you to any part of Nigeria you wish.
It would be best to travel around in your own car or a hired one. In most cities, there are lots of buses and taxis privately and publicly owned. Most smaller cities have more taxis than buses.
You can also travel by air as most of Nigerian cities and towns now have airfields or airports. Local airlines operate frequent daily schedule between the major cities.