Nigerian Duty Free Allowances
- Currency: Naira (NGN)
- Time Zone: GMT + 1
- International Code: +234
- Main International Airports:
Abuja: Nnamdi Azikiwe International.
Kano: Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport.
Lagos/Ikeja: Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
Port Harcourt: Port Harcourt International.
Also read our shopping guide to Lagos Murtala Muhammed Airport
Nigeria, like most, operate a dual channel system on arrival. The GREEN channel (Nothing To Declare / Rien A Declarer) or the RED channel (Goods To Declare / Merchandises A Declarer).
Unlike some countries where small mistakes are sometimes overlooked, in Nigeria choosing your channel means you accept that you know the rules and regulations with regard to what you have in your luggage. Violations of the duty free exemption rules (or any rules with regard to tourists and temporary visitors here) are not taken lightly.
So for your help, here is our guide to Nigerian Duty Free.
Individual Duty Free Import Allowances
These apply to visitors of 18 years of age and above.
- 1 litre of wine
- 1 litre of spirits
- 200 Cigarettes or 200 gms of tobacco or 50 cigars.
- Perfume or Eau-de-Cologne, 284 cubic cm.
- Gifts: You may bring in gifts valued up to a maximum of NGN 300, however this allowance does not cover goods deemed as “luxury goods”, jewelry, electronic items or photographic equipment.
- Your personal belongings and effects for your own personal use.
Please do remember: If these amounts are exceeded, then duty becomes payable on the total. Your duty free exemptions are automatically forfeit.
Visitors and Travellers are prohibited from bringing into Nigeria the following items and effects:
- Beer or lager of any kind.
- Soft drinks and mineral water.
- Champagne and sparkling wines.
- Any types of fruit or vegetables, which include cereal products either preserved or fresh.
- Flowers, Seeds and Plants: On these, rules change (frequently) and whilst permits maybe applied for, this may only in advance of arrival and frankly is just not worth the hassle.
- Prescription medicines and drugs, and all pharmaceutical products must NOT be carried in checked luggage.
If you are arriving by car via a land crossing, and you are a temporary visitor/tourist, the same rules apply.