Overland Nigeria Travel
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 Entering Nigeria with a Car or Motorbike
Correct as of: July 2013</span>
 Required Paperwork
 Process at border
(For people, see Nigeria Visa and Passport requirements at the World Travel Guide)
Briefly describe the process at the border to enter with a vehicle
 Cost of entry
 Permitted length of stay
State the permitted length of entry for the vehicle
 Extension of stay
Describe the process to extend the permitted length of entry for the vehicle, if possible.
 Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country
Describe if/how a vehicle can be stored, and for how long.
Also mention if the owner / temporary importer can leave the country while the vehicle is in storage.
 Exiting with a vehicle
Describe the paperwork requirements and process at the border to exit.
 Driving in Nigeria
 Insurance requirements
Yes or No if insurance is mandatory, and what kind is acceptable.
 Cost of insurance
State the price of insurance and a time period.
 Where to purchase insurance
Describe where insurance can be purchased.
 Driving license
State the kind of driving licenses required. i.e. International Driving Permit.
 Driving side of road
Unknown if RHD vehicles can be driven in Nigeria.
 Mandatory items in vehicle
State any mandatory items that must be carried in the vehicle. (i.e. safety triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, etc.)
 General Road quality
Nigeria has a mix of good tarmac and horribly potholed roads. Many of the main roads between big cities have been damaged by heavy fuel tanker traffic. There is a lot of work being done on the roads but you will undoubted get many stretches that are horrible.
 Road signs
Briefly describe the overall quality & existence of road signs for directions and hazards.
 Toll roads
List the frequency and approximate price of toll roads.
 Bribery in Nigeria
Briefly describe how common bribery is and whether it should be expected, and the best way to deal with it.
I have never had so many road checks as in Nigeria. Every village seems to have a checkpoint. Many have wooden planks with nails across the roads to make you stop. Almost all ask for a bribe but with some good humor and friendly persistent refusal I have never payed anything.
 Traveling with pets
List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.
 Gas and Diesel price in Nigeria
Last updated: October 2012
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|Unleaded||€1.05 EUR per Liter|
|Diesel||€0.76 EUR per Liter|
 Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency
Briefly describe if gas shortages are known to occur.
Also state the approximate average distance between gas stations. This is a very rough estimate.
 Gas and Diesel Quality
Discuss if gasoline / diesel considered "clean" or "dirty", and generally high or low quality.
State the sulfur content of diesel, if known.
 Safety and Security Considerations
 Driving at night
Discuss driving at night and if it should it be avoided. Mention why.
 Vehicle parking
Discuss if vehicles can be parked on the street, if they are considered "safe" at night. If vehicles can not be parked on the street, list the other options that exist.
 Special driving considerations
A List of special things to be careful of (i.e. Unsigned speed bumps, abnormal road rules, people or animals on the road, etc.).
List any roads that are not recommended to drive for safety or other security reasons.
 Security advisories and information
- Country Specific Information - U.S. Department of State
- Travel Reports and Warnings - Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
- Travel advice by country - Foreign and Commonwealth office (U.K.)
- Travel Advice for Nigeria - Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
 Camping in Nigeria
Camping is not common in Nigeria and you usually end up parking in hotel parking lots or at gas stations..
Wildcamp is not a good idea in Nigeria and because it is heavily populated it is extremely difficult to find a quit spot. When I parked wild once I had a local delegation with guns to see what I was doing within half the hour. Due to a lot of violence people are suspicious of any 'strange' behavior.
 Camping guide books
List and link to books specifically for camping.
 Drinking water
Describe if the regular tap water is safe to drink. If not, describe where safe water can be purchased and the approximate average price range.
 Paper maps
Description of the best paper maps and where to purchase them.
 GPS Maps of Nigeria
Review different GPS companies, quality and coverage (Tomtom, Garmin, OSM, Tracks4Africa). (with links to each).
 GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Nigeria
Link to sites that have a list of GPS co-ordinates (or directions) for camping locations (including "wild" campsites), propane filling, gas stations, repair shops, places of interest, etc.
 Special Overland Travel interests
List any special items / places that are popular with Overlanders
 Travel Guide Books
List good travel guide books (not necessarily Overland related.
 Vehicle Maintenance
4x4s / Trucks
- Toyota Global Dealer Locator
- Land Rover International Dealer Locator
- Mercedes Benz International (select country on bottom right)
- Jeep International site locator
 Local Garages
Add known good mechanics here.
 Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Nigeria
Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.
Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'
Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.
Add any helpful external links here.
- Nigeria: Visa and Passport requirements | World Travel Guide
- Health Information for Travelers to Nigeria - Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Nigeria travel guides at wikivoyage
- Nigeria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Nigeria Overland | Overland Sphere Overland travelers currently in Nigeria