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Last update 10 September 2021Diplomatic missions

Risk index

Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)

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Regular passport: visa not required

Diplomatic passport: visa not required

Official passport: visa not required

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Address: 10 Euphrates Crescent, Maitama, Abuja
Working hours: Mon - Fri, 09.00 - 17.30
Consular Office hours for visitors: Mon - Fri, 09:00 - 12:00 h.
Booking in advance is highly recommendable via:
Tel.: +234 903 860 0017; +234 8033078578
E-mail: [email protected]  
Е-Mail: [email protected]

Emergencies only
Tel.: + 234 903 000 0275
Website: www.mfa.bg/embassies/nigeria 

Liaison Office of the Republic of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Sofia
Address: Baba Iliitsa St., Block 80a, floor 7, flat 25/26, 1612 Sofia
Tel.: +359 2 951 50 97
Opening hours: 08.00 – 16.30
E-mail: [email protected]

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Romania
Address: Bucarest, Voluntari, Jud. Ilfov, Drumul Potcoavei nr. 77 C
Working hours: Monday – Friday 09.00 – 17.00
Phone: +40-21 312 86 85; 312 79 37
Fax: +40-21 312 06 22
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.nigerian-embassy.ro

General information

General information

In view of the overall security situation, caution is strongly needed and all but essential travels are to be avoided in the northern regions, near Niger Delta and along the borders with Cameroon and Niger.

It is advisable to avoid places where demonstrations, rallies or protests take place, and in such a situation all orders of the local police authorities should be followed.

Curfews often occur in a number of Nigerian states, especially in Borno and Adamawa, usually within a very short time after such a measure is announced.  Non-compliance with the imposed restrictions on movement is a reason for arrest, which is why it is recommended to regularly check whether there is a curfew in the state of your residence.
A local driving license is required when driving a vehicle.

Travel papers and visas

Your passport should be valid at least six months prior to the date of arrival in Nigeria. When applying for visa, invitation from a Nigerian resident, a company or a contract for work in Nigeria should be attached to the application form.
Taking into account some specific procedures, obtaining visa on arrival is advisable mostly in case of not having enough time for submitting visa application to the Embassy of Nigeria in Bucharest.   
Yellow fever immunization certificate is mandatory.
Updates on the travel arrangement for entering Nigeria due to COVID-19 pandemic could be found here: https://www.mfa.bg/bg/covid19map/Africa/Nigeria

Practical advice

The Consular Office can give you advice, information or recommendations for action in case of emergencies

Competitive service

Bulgarian identity documents
The Consular Office in Abuja has at its disposal equipment for processing the new biometric passports, thus it can process applications for the issuance of both - passports and temporary travel documents for Bulgarian citizens.

Certifications and legalizations
The documents submitted to the Consular Office for certification of signature (Powers of Attorney and declarations) should be signed in person before the consular officer and accompanied by a passport or ID card. Templates of such powers of attorney and declarations can be either obtained at the Embassy or downloaded from the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (https://www.mfa.bg/bg/uslugi-patuvania/konsulski-uslugi/formuliari)

In order to improve the services, the following procedure for legalization of documents has been introduced:
the document issued by the federal authorities and certified with the corresponding legal stamp by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria and a photocopy thereof must be brought in person or mailed to the Embassy.  Rayfield Associates law firm is entitled by the Embassy to verify the authenticity of the document and for this reason a receipt certifying the payment of the respective fee should be also attached to the documentation.  Two photocopies of the passport page of the person whose document will be legalized are also required;

the verification of the documents by Rayfield Associates may take up to three weeks depending on the circumstances and on where the document has been originally issued.  The Embassy will contact (via email or telephone) the person in charge when the verification process is concluded;

fees for verification:

for documents issued by the federal authorities in Abuja, Lagos and Rivers State - for one document - 50,000 naira, for more than one - 80,000 naira.
for documents issued by the federal authorities in other states in Nigeria - for one document - 60,000 naira, for more than one - 100,000 naira.
for more than one document issued by the federal authorities in different states of Nigeria - 100,000 naira.

bank account of Rayfield Associates to which the applicable amount should be transferred:

Account Number: 1012598130
Account Name: Rayfield Associates
Bank Name: Zenith Bank

the legalization will be carried upon confirmation of the authenticity and payment of the legalization fee - 10,000 naira per document.

Civil status
Primary original documents issued by the relevant administrative authorities in Nigeria, legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, must be submitted for registration of birth, marriage or death. The consular service of the embassy may legalize the relevant documents.
Payments of the fees due for consular services are to be made by POS, Bank Account operation (details on the account are available by phone and/or e-mail) and cash. 

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