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Although Nigeria lies wholly within the
tropical zone, there are wide climatic variations in different areas of the
country. Near the coast, the seasons are not sharply defined. Temperatures
rarely exceed 32°C (90°F), but humidity is very high and nights are
hot.. Inland, there are two distinct seasons: a wet season from April to
October, with generally lower temperature, and a dry season from November to
March, with midday temperatures that surpass 38°C (100°F) but
relatively cool nights. On the Jos Plateau, temperature are more moderate
Average rainfall along the coast varies from 70 inches in the west to
about 170 inches in certain parts of the east. Inland it decreases to around 50
inches over most of central Nigeria and only 20 inches in the extreme
Two principal wind currents affect Nigeria; the harmattan, from
the northeast, is hot and dry and carries reddish dust from the desert. and
causes high temperatures during the day and cool nights. and the southwest wind
brings cloudy and rainy weather.
Climate Chart for Lagos
today's weather forecast see CNN - Africa Weather
LATEST TRAVEL ADVICE
Foreign & Commonwealth Office (London)
US State Department - Travel
VISAS & IMMIGRATION
Visas are required by
everyone except national from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, The Gambia,
Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal,
Sierra Leone and Togo. Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after
the intended departure date. Visas are not issued on any land borders or on
arrival at the airport.
Listing of Nigerian
Tourist offices and/or embassies located around the world
Official Currency: 1 Niara=100
Current Exchange Rate:
VISA Teller Machines for cash advance are available at
Standard Chartered Bank branches 24 hours
MASTERCARD services are
available at ECOBANK branches.
Banking: Monday to
Friday: Open: 0800hrs Close: 1600hrs - Only a handful in busy commercial
locations are open on Saturdays.
Monday to Friday: 0800-1700 Saturday: 0800-1630
Nigeria is one hour ahead of GMT
TRANSPORT & GETTING AROUND
Domestic flights operate between Lagos and
Maiduguri, Abuja, Kaduna, Benin City, Enugu, Kano, Jos, Port Harcourt, Calabar,
Sokoto and Yola and someother cities. Helicopters have regular flights to the
oilfields, and charter services are available as well. Fares can be paid for in
The service connects Lagos to Kano
and Port Harcourt to Maiduguri with stopovers at various towns. The service is
unreliable and poor and often does not run. but when it does it is a cheap way
of getting around.
The southern part of
the country is well connected by a bus service but further north the main form
of transport is shared taxis of up to six people.. Motorcycle taxis are common
in the cities and outskirts.
Self Drive / Hire
Road conditions are deteriorating and there are many
pot-holes. Some lesser used roads are impassable during and after the rains.
Beware of unmarked roads blocks. Petrol is very cheap in Nigeria. Driving is on
the right hand side and an International Driving Licence is required. Car Hire
is available in Lagos and Abuja.
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ELECTRICAL POWERElectric Power is 240V running at 50Hz.
The Plug types used are :
Round pins with ground -
blade plug - view
If you need medical care whilst in
Nigeria, it is best to be aware that medical providers may not accept payment
through your insurance company. 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 wire transfer. If you need assistance contact the country's local
embassy or representative.
To be compensated you must be treated by
licensed medical personnel and provide your insurance company with proper
documentation and receipts.
It is advisable to always ensure you have a
comprehensive travel insurance policy which covers you for repatriation to your
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