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Nigeria’s capital and administrative hub, Abuja boasts large green spaces and a landscape dominated by two granite monoliths. The infrastructure allows for a swift commute and exit on weekends.
Prepare for Abuja
Be well prepared for your trip. Access information on safety and health, current affairs, what to read and, if you have time, some local language.
Tips for Abuja
Our tips to get more from your visit.
For your first trip, arrange your transport from the airport before you travel.
Get advice from your hotel about the best forms of transport including chauffeur-driven cars, taxis and ride-hailing apps.
Uber and Taxify are the ride-hailing apps and widely used.
Take the volume of road traffic into account when making plans.
Visitors will incur roaming charges when using a foreign mobile phone for calls or data.
You may choose to only use your handset for data when WiFi is freely available, such as in your hotel. But if you need more flexibility, and if you have an unlocked handset, buy a local pay-as-you-go SIM card.
SIM cards may be bought at the airport, some hotels, supermarkets and at mobile phone shops.
You will need to produce your passport. In some places, a biometric system is used.
The largest service providers are MTN, Etisalat and Glo.
Have the vendor set up the SIM card for you, load the initial airtime and explain how you can add more airtime when needed.
The rainy season is May to October.
On arrival, try to get to the immigration counter as quickly as possible.
Leave your passport somewhere safe and carry a photocopy on you at all times.
Don’t take photographs of officials and official buildings. Ask people before photographing them.
Don’t drink tap water.
Observe religious customs and etiquette.
Being friendly goes a long way!