Are you thinking of visiting Nigeria with your family? Then these tips are an absolute must read for you. Nigeria is a country located in the southwestern part of Africa. It is the most populous black country and it has the seventh highest population in the world.
1. Documentation and Visa processing
Your children are required to have their own passport when coming to Nigeria. Children are not allowed into the country without their own international passport. It is also important that parents bring their children’s birth certificate with them too. In fact, Nigeria has a newborn and infant visa for your kids. The requirement for children’s visa varies from that of an adult. Children are required to present two passport photographs, a duly filled and signed application form by parent or guardian, flight itinerary, payment receipt, and medical record.
2. Plan your accommodation in advance
Make plans for where you will stay ahead of your visit to Nigeria. If you will be staying at a hotel, make your bookings and reservation way ahead of your stay. This is because hotels especially the best around get fully booked ahead of time. You would not want to be stranded or have to stay in a crappy hotel with your kids during your visit to Nigeria. And if you are staying with a relative or friend, be sure to ask for the right direction to where you are going.
3. Ensure your children are vaccinated against Malaria
Nigeria like most countries in Southwest Africa is ravaged by mosquitoes. The female Anopheles mosquito spreads malaria parasite from an already infected person to people they bite. Malaria is a deadly disease that claims the lives of thousands of children all over Africa. It is advised that you take your kids for a Malaria vaccine before leaving your home country to prevent them from catching this disease. Also, get mosquito repellent creams as soon as you land as an added precaution. You should see your doctor for malaria prevention before coming too so you do not fall sick.
4. Vaccinate your children against measles
Like Malaria, vaccinate your children against measles before coming to Nigeria. Measles is a disease that affects the respiratory system. Measles often starts as high-grade fever. Other associated symptoms include running nose, cough, and reddish eyes. Children with measles often have rashes all over their body and it affects the lungs too. It is advisable that you vaccinate your children against this highly contagious disease.
5. Pack a lot of light clothes
Nigeria is usually a hot place to visit most time of the year apart from Harmattan and some rainy days. The hot desert wind blows constantly in the Northen part of the country. It is important that you do pack a lot of light and soft summer clothes for yourself and your families when coming to Nigeria. The weather is usually hot during the day but cool or chilly at night. Pack a few woolen clothes for when the weather becomes cool at night.
6. Do not forget the sunscreen
Sun shines almost every day in Nigeria. This gets worse when you move Northward. It is advisable that you come with a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 while visiting Nigeria. This is to protect your children’s tender skin and you from the baleful glare of the sun. If you do not get one in your home country, be sure to pop into any major supermarket around the airports. On the flip side, if you want to get that beautiful tan all over, you are in luck, get your bikini on and visit any of the numerous beaches in Nigeria.
7. Be careful of the water they drink and eat
You need to be careful and watchful of what your children eat and drink. Portable water is a huge challenge in some part of Nigeria. Buy your food from a clean environment and be wary of street vendors paddling water cooked meals. Do not drink sachet water as some of the manufacturers are not licensed by Nigeria to produce it. So stick to table water and you will never go wrong.
8. Pack your children’s toys
The journey to Nigeria is often a really long one with a stop-over in another country. Pack enough toys to keep your children amused and entertained during the flight. The toys will also come in handy when they reach Nigeria. It is true there are lots of fun activities to partake in all over the country but even this can bore the children out. Having toys they are familiar with to keep them busy might be your saving grace. So pack a few toys that you think your children enjoy playing with and you will be glad you did.
9. Do not let your children out of your sight
Nigeria is a pretty safe place to be at but allowing your children to wander alone on their own can get them lost. The Nigeria law enforcement agency will not declare them missing until 24 hours has passed and this can be very dangerous to a foreigner child. By the time the child is declared missing and the search begins, it becomes a difficult task to know which direction or where the child might be. In slim cases, the child might have been kidnapped for ransom by kidnappers. Please keep your children in sight, have an adult watch over them if you are unable to.
10. Do not hesitate to ask the locals for help whenever you need it
Nigerians are one of the friendliest groups of people in the world. They are always willing to help everyone especially foreigners visiting the country. All you need do is ask for help from anyone around and they will provide it. Should you be in need of anything, or perhaps need help to understand what one of the locals is saying, ask for help and you will be surprised at the number of people that will step up to assist you.
Have you been to Nigeria? Are there other precautions that you took that are not stated up here, please let us know. If you found our tips helpful, give us a thumbs up and let us know your thought in the comment box below.