South African visa for Nigerian citizens

A visa is REQUIRED for Nigerian passport holders visiting South Africa for tourism and business purposes. See detailed requirements below:

Visa requirements:

Visa type Purposes Visa requirements Allowed stay
Tourist visa For Nigerian citizens to enter South Africa for a short-term tourism purpose. Visa required N/A
Evisa South Africa e-visa for Nigerian citizens Not Available
Visa on arrival South Africa visa on arrival for Nigerian citizens Not Available

South Africa tourist visa requirements:

  • Holding Nigerian passport that is valid for six months beyond the period of the intended stay in South Africa.
  • Proof of onward travel (departure) from South Africa.

If you are looking for South Africa visa information, such as available types of visas, or how to apply from Nigeria, we recommend you visit or contact the embassy or consulate of South Africa nearest your place of residence.

  • Abuja: The High Commission of South Africa in Abuja, Nigeria (Working hours: Close now. Open in 13 minutes)
  • Lagos: The Consulate of South Africa in Lagos, Nigeria (Working hours: Close now. Open in 13 minutes)

South Africa visa applications & requirements (For reference purposes only, please visit the nearest South Africa diplomatic mission offices to Nigeria for guidance)

Tourism Statistics Chart

The line chart shows the number of visitors from Nigeria traveling to South Africa from 2008 to 2018.

Year Number of visitors (Nigeria) estimated Change (%)
2008 9,592 N/A
2009 7,012 -26.90%
2010 8,074 15.15%
2011 8,339 3.28%
2012 9,188 10.18%
2013 9,537 3.80%
2014 9,549 0.13%
2015 8,904 -6.75%
2016 10,044 12.80%
2017 10,285 2.40%
2018 10,472 1.82%

References: UNWTO.org, World Bank and multiple sources. (This data is for informational purposes only. Please see our disclaimer page for more information.)

South Africa & Nigeria comparison

South Africa's area is approximately 1,213,090 km2 (468,376 sq mi), while the area of Nigeria is approximately 910,770 km2 (351,650 sq mi). This means Nigeria is 33.19% smaller than South Africa.

As of October 2021, South Africa's population is ~119.8 million people - 510,321,803 fewer people than the population of Nigeria.

We have highlighted South Africa & Nigeria’s relative positions on world's map for your reference.

South Africa Nigeria Difference
Population (est 2021) 119,832,801 630,154,604 510.3 million fewer people live in South Africa than Nigeria
Number of diplomatic missions abroad (est) 124 102 South Africa has 22 more diplomatic representations abroad compared with Nigeria.
Travel freedom (2021) 67 26 South Africa passport holders can visit 41 more countries and territories without a visa.
Number of foreign missions hosted 197 93 South African hosts 104 more foreign missions than Nigeria.

Frequently asked questions, answered

How many visitors from Nigeria travel to South Africa in one year?

The number of visitors from Nigeria visiting South Africa in 2018 was approximately 10,472.

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