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Nigeria customs regulations

It is important to know about customs regulations before traveling to Nigeria to avoid legal issues and potential fines. As you know, customs regulations widely depend on the country. Before traveling to (or from) Nigeria make sure to check the allowance and limits for the next things:

  • Alcohol and tobacco
  • Currency
  • Medicines (especially those containing drugs)
  • Animals
  • Cultural artifacts
  • Plants, fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products

Check the information below to be sure that you are complying with Nigeria customs regulations.

Import regulations in Nigeria

Duty-free allowance

Tobacco limit

  • 200 grams of all tobacco products.

Bringing alcohol

  • 1 litre spirits;
  • 1 litre wine.

Other goods and currency

  • 284mL of perfume.
  • Unused personal goods and gifts up to a value of NGN50,000. This does not include jewellery, photographic equipment, electronic and other luxury goods.
  • Personal effects such as clothing, jewellery, cameras, and toys. Jewellery should be declared in writing to avoid problems at departure.
  • Pilgrims may bring in a reasonable amount of Zamzam water for personal use.

Prohibited items

The following are goods which cannot be brought into the country:

  • Live or dead birds, including frozen poultry.
  • Pork and beef.
  • Bird eggs.
  • Refined vegetable oils and fats.
  • Cane or beet sugar, and chemically pure sucrose.
  • Cocoa butter, powder and cakes.
  • Spaghetti and noodles.
  • Fruit juice in retail packs.
  • Water, including mineral and aerated containing added sugar or sweeteners.
  • Bagged cement.
  • Specific medicines are prohibited, including paracetamol, chloroquine, multivitamins and aspirin. For further information, please visit the Nigeria Customs Service Import Prohibition List.
  • Waste pharmaceuticals.
  • Soaps and detergents.
  • Mosquito repellent coils.
  • Retreaded tyres.
  • Corrugated paper and paper boards.
  • Telephone recharge cards and vouchers.
  • Carpets and textile floor coverings.
  • Hollow glass bottles with a capacity exceeding 150mL.
  • Ball point pens.

Restricted items

These goods are strictly regulated, and in most cases require a permit to be obtained prior to arrival

  • All pharmaceutical must be in hand luggage and declared on arrival.
  • Plants and seeds must be declared or checked in advance with the Plant Quarantine Service.
  • Cats and dogs need a health certificate and proof of rabies certificate issued at place of origin.

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