Nigeria Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Import regulations:

Free import by passengers of 18 years of age or over:
- 200 cigarettes or 50 medium sized cigars or 200 grams of tobacco of foreign manufacture;
- 1 liter of spirits and 1 liter of wine;
- 284 centiliter of perfume or eau-de-Cologne or other perfumed spirits;
- personal effects;
- gifts valued up to NGN 50,000.- (excl. jewellery, photographic equipment, electronics and luxury goods).

Wild Fauna and Flora:

The import of certain endangered species of plant, live animals and their products is prohibited or restricted under CITES.
For further details please refer to CITES:

Additional Information on regulations:

Restrictions apply for import of plants, seeds and flowers.

No pharmaceutical products may be carried in passengers' checked baggage.

A substantial amount of duty will be levied on cameras (100%), projectors (100%), radios (50%), records (66%), tape recorders (40%), typewriters (40%) etc. contained in a passenger's baggage, unless passenger is either a temporary visitor, or can submit a certificate of re-importation obtained on departure, or can provide proof that the items concerned have been in use and in his possession for at least 3 years.

- All kinds of beer, mineral water and soft drinks;
- sparkling wine (including champagne);
- all fruits, vegetables, cereals and eggs either fresh or preserved;
- textile fabrics and mosquito netting;
- jewelry and precious metals.

Export regulations:

Free export by passengers of 18 years of age or over:
- 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 1 lb. of tobacco of foreign manufacture; 200 cigarettes of local manufacture;
- 1 bottle of whisky of foreign manufacture. African ceremonial objects and African antiquities can only be exported with approval of the Department of Antiquities.

Crew members customs regulations:

Same regulations as for passengers apply.


Dogs and cats must be accompanied by a health certificate and rabies certificate issued by a veterinary at point of origin. The certificate may not be older than 1 week. Pets may enter as passenger's checked baggage or as cargo.

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Nigeria.

Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of Nigeria, which remains on board when continuing on the same international flight, or is transferred automatically by handling agents when continuing on another international flight.


Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Nigerian Naira-NGN) up to NGN 5,000.- in banknotes and if declared upon arrival. Foreign currencies for an unlimited amount, if declared upon arrival.

Currency Export regulations:

Residents: local currency (Nigerian Naira-NGN): up to NGN 5,000.- in banknotes. Foreign currencies: up to USD 5,000.-. Exceeding amounts must be declared upon departure.
Non-residents: local currency: up to NGN 5,000.- in banknotes if declared upon departure. foreign currencies: up to the amounts imported and declared on arrival.

Airport Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.

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