Applying for a Visa

British Council

The British Council is the UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. The British Council are able to offer advice on courses available in the UK and also have excellent libraries and stocks of prospectuses. They currently have offices in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja.


Nigerian nationals need to apply for entry clearance (a visa) before travelling to the UK. The British High Commission in Abuja and Deputy High Commission in Lagos assess applications for entry into the UK. Applications are submitted via courier (DHL or UPS) or at a VFS (Visa Facilitation Service) Office. For further information check the British High Commission website.

Please note: the previous restriction preventing first-time visa applications from applicants aged 18-30 for business or visitor visa was lifted on 17 March 2006.

Useful information regarding visa applications can be found on the UK Visas website - this includes full briefing materials and downloadable application forms.

Important Addresses

British High Commission, Abuja
Dangote House
Aguyi Ironsi Street
Tel: (00234) (9) 413 2010/2011/2796/2880/2887 All Sections
Fax: (00234) (9) 413 4565 Visa Visa
Office Hours: 0700 - 1400 Monday to Friday

British Deputy High Commission, Lagos
11 Walter Carrington Crescent
Victoria Island
(Private Mail Bag 12136)
Tel: (234) (1) 2625930/7 Visa/Consular
Fax: (234) (1) 2614021 or (234) (1) 2625941 Visa Visa
Office Hours: 0700 - 1400
Visa/Consular: 0630 - 1330

Nigerian High Commission, London

No 9 Northumberland Avenue
Tel: +44 (0)20 7839 1244

Open days and visits

Open day on Saturday 6th June 2015 from 9:30am-4:00pm.  More...

Open day on Tuesday 18th August 2015 from 9:30am-4:00pm.  More...

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