Australian High Commission
Nigeria

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The health and safety of Australians overseas is our highest priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not taking public appointments at this time. Our ability to provide some services may be limited. We will continue to prioritise consular services to those in genuine need. If you require urgent assistance, please contact our Consular Emergency Centre, Canberra (Australia): +61 2 6261 3305.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote and protect Australian interests, positions and values through friendly relations and deeper understanding with Nigeria and countries of accreditation, by:

-        Forging strong and flexible partnerships that value people and demonstrate inclusiveness;

-        Advocating and collaborating with partners to achieve foreign policy, trade and development outcomes;

-        Delivering exemplary consular services to protect the welfare of Australians overseas;

-        Sharing information about each other’s countries, cultures and economies through focused public diplomacy; and

-        Promoting mutually beneficial trade and investment opportunities.

AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL ELECTION – 21 MAY 2022

The next federal election will be held on 21 May 2022. If you are still in Australia, note you can pre-poll vote from 9 May 2022.

The AEC recommends overseas voters cast a postal vote in this election. If you plan to be overseas at the time of the election, make sure you check your enrolment and request a postal vote as soon as possible on the AEC website.

Australians in Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, Niger and The Gambia are encouraged to vote via postal vote which can be posted to the AEC directly or mailed to another Embassy/High Commission/Consulate where votes are being collected. A full list of locations is available on the AEC website.

Postal votes must be returned as quickly as possible to ensure they are received by the AEC in time to be counted.

African Women Trading Globally (AWTG) 2022

The ‘African Women Trading Globally’ project assists women entrepreneurs build their capacity to engage in global markets, especially the exporting of goods or services.   The project achieves this by:

1.Providing instruction and sharing of practical knowledge of international trade processes; and

2.Connecting peers and stakeholders to create a supportive ecosystem around the entrepreneur/exporter.

By joining this program, you will be recognised as one of Africa’s rising stars and promising small business exporters, and will have the opportunity to attend a special event at the Australian Embassy or High Commission. You will also gain a place in the international Women Trading Alumni, and be able to connect with other women entrepreneurs around the world.

The program will include training sessions, peer discussions, one-on-one coaching, and participation in a virtual trade mission with Australian businesses from May-June 2022. Nigerian citizens are eligible to apply. You may find the application form here.

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Good luck!

Visas

The Australian High Commission cannot answer visa or immigration enquiries. Further information on visas is provided on the Travelling to Australia web page solely to help you identify the correct contact point.

For Visa Enquiries please contact the Department of Home Affairs Global Service Centre (GSC) on +61 2 6196 0196, open Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 17:00 (local time) or via the Australian Immigration Enquiry Form

Consular assistance

Smartraveller information - COVID-19 updates

If you are an Australian citizen with a consular or passport inquiry, the Australian High Commission can be contacted via email at [email protected] or on +234 (0) 9460 6960 (during business hours).

For urgent consular assistance, please contact the Australian 24-hour consular emergency centre in Canberra on: +61 2 6261 3305.

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You can now also subscribe to the new SMS service - by supplying your mobile number – to receive critical alerts in the event of a crisis overseas.

In a crisis, Smartraveller will activate a crisis page on its website. It will make it easier for you or someone you know to contact the Australian Government if you need help. It will supplement the consular emergency hotline.

Visit www.smartraveller.gov.au to subscribe or connect with Smartraveller on Facebook and Twitter.

Travel advice for Nigeria can be found here.  

Scam Alert

It has come to the attention of the Australian government that there has been a recent spate of scams targeting citizens of West African countries offering false offers of employment and visas to Australia. These scams are run by criminal gangs and will only steal your money by fraud. There is no job and there is no visa.

No Australian Diplomat or Australian Border Force Special Agent will contact you offering jobs or visas. Legitimate Australian Government border related email addresses end with @dfat.gov.au or @border.gov.au. Anything that contains a .net or a .com or anything else is a scam.

Report suspected fraud to: [email protected] or [email protected]  Any information you provide will be treated confidentially.

Should you believe that you are the victim of a scam, you should report it to your local police and you may also wish to report it via the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's Scamwatch website.

In order to protect yourself from visa scams, you should only deal with official Australian Government channels such as the departmental website, reputable travel agents, Australian Visa Application Centres, or the Australian High Commission or Embassy in your country.

Further information on scams can be found on our Information on Scams page.