Nigeria Trade Mission

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Itinerary:

Day

Activity

Sunday, September 20

Arrive in Lagos, Nigeria

Monday, September 21

Business to Business meetings and networking with government and business officials.

Travel Information:

The US Commercial Service in Nigeria welcomes all participants to this year’s Trade Winds. If you have any issues before or on arrival, please contact:

Visa Requirements

U.S. citizen visitors to Nigeria for stays of up to 90 days for tourism, short business meetings, or in transit require visas in advance and can be extended as well. Please note, Nigerian immigration authorities will not allow entry unless travelers have two blank, adjoining visa pages in their passport, excluding the last page. They will also deny entry if passports are not valid for at least six months after arrival. Nigerian visa can also be issued on arrival to foreign investors; however, applicant must apply and receive approval prior to arrival from the Nigerian Immigration Service web portal, print confirmation of payment and acknowledgement, which will be tendered on arrival. Visa on arrival is only for a maximum stay of two months without possibility of extension after arrival. http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=https://portal.immigration.gov.ng/VisaArrivalProgram/freshVisaOnArrivalProgram

To apply for a Nigerian visa either at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC or any of its Consulates in the United States, please visit the following consular link for detailed instructions on the visa application procedure. http://www.nigeriaembassyusa.org/index.php?page=visas

Medical Requirements

A yellow fever vaccination and a proof of vaccination certificate is required if entering from a World Health Organization (WHO) designated yellow fever country which includes Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria. The certificates, which are valid for 10 years, must be approved by the World Health Organization, and should be administered at a yellow fever approved vaccination center at least 10 days before departure to Nigeria. Failure to produce a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate at a Nigerian port of entry could lead to refusal of entry, or quarantine until the traveler’s certificate becomes valid. Even if you are just passing through a yellow fever country, you will be required to have a current vaccination.

For more information please visit the U.S. State Department Nigeria travel page and our FAQ page.

Traveler’s Health Information

Please refer to the CDC Traveler’s website: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/nigeria

  • All travelers should be up-to-date on their routine vaccinations

Hepatitis A

CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Nigeria, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

Malaria

You will need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria. Your doctor can help you decide which medicine is right for you, and also talk to you about other steps you can take to prevent malaria. See more detailed information about malaria in Nigeria.

Typhoid

You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Nigeria. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

Yellow Fever

Health recommendation: Yellow fever is a risk in Nigeria, so CDC recommends this vaccine for all travelers who are 9 months of age or older.

Country entry requirement: The government of Nigeria also requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever (this does not include the US - for complete list, see Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission.)

See more information on yellow fever recommendations and requirements for Nigeria.

Hotel Accommodation

A group booking has been made for all participants at the hotel below.

Four Points by Sheraton

Plot 9/10 Block 2 Oniru Chieftaincy Estate, Lekki Peninsula, Victoria Island, Lagos 053197, Nigeria

Phone: +234 1 448 9444

Sales.lagos@fourpoints.com

www.fourpointslagos.com/

Rate: ($265) (single occupancy rate, including breakfast)

The above rates quoted are inclusive of VAT and internet charges.

To reserve a room at the Four Points by Sheraton, the designated hotel in Lagos, Nigeria, please send your booking request directly to Nancy Usman, Groups and Events Sales Executive, at Nancy.Usman@fourpoints.com.  Ms. Usman will submit your name to the Hotel’s reservations department to make a booking accordingly, after which the Hotel’s finance department will send you a credit card link for payment.

Participants are responsible to pay hotel bills directly. The hotel accepts most major credit cards, including Visa, American Express, and MasterCard.

Airport Transportation

U.S. Commercial Service has arranged bus shuttle with logistics firm that will pick up guests based on itineraries provided.

Contacts: Joseph Umoetteh +234803-403-5258, Joseph.Umoetteh@trade.gov;

Ambrose Thomas +234803-975-8833, Ambrose.Thomas@trade.gov; and Ibrahim Ibrahim +234803-403-5259, Ibrahim.Ibrahim@trade.gov

Currency Exchange

Banking hours vary, but are generally from 8am to 4pm. Please note that the exchange rate at the airport and at hotels is slightly less favorable. ATM machines are Naira denominated, only travelers who possess Nigerian ATM cards can obtain most of their cash from ATM machines, which are widely available in Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja and usually offer the most favorable exchange rate and lower fees than other exchange options. The hotel also has a forex bureau but exchange rate is slightly less favorable.

Pre-Trip Webinar Information

For those who were not able to join, the webinar recording can be found using the following link: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PW4935314&p=8864757&t=r

(Note: 1) Some users report being able to use ‘Microsoft Office Live Meeting High-Fidelity Presentation’ and others use ‘Microsoft Office Live Meeting Replay’; 2) PDF version of Presentation is attached via link at bottom of email).

Questions? Please email tradewinds@trade.gov or call 304-347-5123.

Ekabo! Nnoo! Sanu!

“You Are Welcome to Nigeria!”



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