Last update 20 July 2018Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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The Federal Republic of Nigeria
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Address: 10, Euphrates St., off Aminu Kano Crescent, Maitama, Abuja
Tel.: +234 08033078578;
Office hours: 09.00 - 12.00
Consular Office: +234 8033078578
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
Mobile: +359 879 880 777 (in case of emergency)
Opening hours: 08.00 – 16.30
Embassy of Nigeria in Bucharest (accredited for Bulgaria)
Address: 010449 Bucarest, 9, rue Gina Patrichi
P.O.Box 1- 305, Secteur 1
Tel.: +40 21 312 86 85, 312 79 37
Fax: +40 21 312 06 22
Office hours: 08:30 - 16:30 h
Web site: www.nigerianembassy.ro
Partial travel warning
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns Bulgarian citizens of the increased risk when travelling in certain areas of Nigeria.
In connection with increased terrorist activity of the ‘Boko Haram’ group, a state of emergency was declared in the Northwest and the South of Nigeria. Bulgarian citizens travelling to Nigeria are strongly advised to leave their contact details at the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja.
Crime and Security
There is a complicated criminality situation which seems to be stabilising. Incidents of armed robberies on roads and in residential areas of the country are fairly common. The criminality rate is relatively high; extra caution is needed and a preliminary assessment of the areas to be visited should be made. Recently, special attention is recommended for some northern parts of the country such as the states of Borno, Jos, Benue, Kano, Kaduna etc.
Customs requirements - no specifications.
If you want to travel by car, you will need a Nigerian driving licence.
There are frequent checks on the major highways and at city entry points.
Travel papers and visas
The validity of your passport should be at least six months from the date of entering Nigeria. An ordinary entry visa costs 275 USD and is obtained at the Embassy of Nigeria in Bucharest. Besides the form, you will also need to provide an invitation from a Nigerian resident, a company or a contract for work in Nigeria.
When travelling to Nigeria, you must have a valid passport with an entry visa in it for the country as well as a certificate of immunisation for yellow fever.
After the recent terrorist acts which took place in Abuja and the actions of the local terrorist organisation ‘Boko Haram’, it is strongly advisable to exercise a high level of caution and to avoid unnecessary trips to the northern regions of the country.
The Consular Office can give you advice, information or recommendations for action if you are experiencing problems with the local police authorities.
In the case of difficulties, please contact the Embassy at once.
It is advisable to take preventive measures against malaria.
Bulgarian identity documents
The Consulate in Abuja is not equipped for processing the new biometric passports; therefore they accept only applications for temporary passports for Bulgarian citizens.
Certifications and Legalisations
Documents (Power of Attorney or declarations), which are presented at the Consular Service for certification, must be signed personally before the Consul, and accompanied by a passport or an ID card.
Documents for legalisation can be posted, but they need to have a legalisation stamp from the Nigerian Foreign Ministry.
Sample forms of Power of Attorney or declarations may be obtained either at the Embassy or downloaded from the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sofia.
For registration of birth, marriage or death, you must present initial originals of the documents, issued by the relevant administrative authorities in Nigeria and legalised by the Nigerian Foreign Ministry.
The Consular Section of the Embassy can legalise a document for a Bulgarian municipality or issue the relevant certificate for birth, marriage or death, upon which the Bulgarian administrative authorities may reissue the original acts of civil status and enter it into the population registers.