A general guide for visitors!!!!!!
At the Airport………..
- Keep your bags and luggage within view
- Use the locks on your bags and on all luggage
- Very important: Do not hold, carry or watch over a parcel or bags for any stranger
- Keep your passport, ticket and other traveling documents in a safe pace, on you
- Use only registered agents for Domestic and or International flights and logistics
- Avoid using touts
In the Car……….
- If you choose to drive, have the appropriate licensing for yourself and for your vehicle
- Obey all traffic and roads signs; if you need help or assistance, ask a policeman or any of the cream and maroon uniformed LASTMA officials
- Fasten your seatbelts and lock your doors
- Do not use your cell phone while driving unless you have a hands free-free kit
- Avoid leaving exposed your valuables in the car, e.g. handbags, clothes, cell phones etc. Lock these up in the glove compartment or boot
- Keep a detailed map of Lagos with you always and plan your route and destination clearly before setting out
- Keep your luggage near you as you check in
- Always store valuables such as passports etc in the safety deposit box in your room or at your Hotel’s reception
- Leave the names of all expected guests at the Hotel reception
- Pre-confirm the hotel room rate and the availability of funds before you check in to the hotel
On the Street………
- Avoid exposing valuables such as jewellery, cameras, and laptops etc.
- Carry only small amounts of cash at any given time. Use the ATM’s and debit/credit cards.
- Like anywhere in the world, avoid isolated and badly lit areas at night.
- Need a taxi or some other service? Enquire at your hotel information desk.
At the Beach……
- Do not drink alcohol and swim
- Give yourself at least 30 minutes before swimming after meal
- Look out for lifeguards and obey all regulations and safety rules at the beach
- Avoid taking valuables to the beach with you; always leave them in the safety deposit box at the hotel
- Take only plastic bottle drinks to the beach
Going out at Night………
- Avoid isolated and badly lit areas
- Always carry on you a photocopy of your visa page, passport information page or ID card
- Obey all rules and regulations in the nightclubs
- Enjoy your time out and remain aware of your surroundings
- Keep alcohol consumption to a reasonable limit
- Do not leave your drinks unattended to
- Decline already opened drinks
- Confirm the identity of new friends before inviting them to your hotel for a visit
- Try to not walk alone in isolated areas
- If you need assistance, locate a police station closest to you
In the Market……..
- Change your foreign currency to Naira at an authorized dealer – a bank or a bureau de change, before going shopping.
- Keep .cash safety tucked away when shopping
- Park vehicles only at authorized locations
- Some price bargaining is expected at markets but refrain from unnecessary arguments
- Showing some measure of tolerance and patience can get you a better bargain.
- Personally pick up all your purchases
- Ask the shop owner to recommend help if you need assistance with carrying purchases.
- Before setting out your country contact the Nigerian Embassy or High Commission, for advice on executing your business transactions in Lagos
- Upon arrival in Nigeria, avail yourself of information and assistance from your country’s Embassy / High Commission trade or commercial office
- Conduct adequate background checks on prospective business partners
- Keep all documents, (original and copies ) of business transactions in a safe place
- Make all payments through authorized banks and don’t pay transactions
- Pay all required taxes promptly
Visiting Sites in Rural Areas………
- Try to become familiar with the cultural protocol of the area or site you are visiting, and observe them
- Visit traditional areas with recognized tourism operators or tour guides
- Observe and respect protocol when visiting sacred traditional worship sites
- Exhibit proper decorum in the presence of local dignitaries and institutions
- Enjoy, but do not destroy Heritage sites
Going to the Islands……….
- When hiring a boat for day trips, ensure that it is in good working order and use the services of recognized boat and jetty operators
- Always wear a life jacket when on a boat or ferry
- Watch your step on the jetty as you get on and alight from a boat or ferry
- Dress appropriately for boat trips and observe the various protocols on the islands
Emergency + Vital Telephone Numbers:
- Distress Call Hotline 767,112
- Rapid Resource Squad (RRS) 08056250710, 08033482380, 08023127350, 08033355544, 01-7750715, 4970389, 4970062, 4031261, 4920388
- Ambulance Services (LASAMBUS / LASEMS) 08022887777, 08022883678, 08022887788, 01-7413744, 7930490, 7639939
- Fire And Safety Services 01-7944929, 08033235892, 08023321770, 08055282491
- Emergency Management 08060907333, 08023127654, 01-6574706, 6574714
- Office Of Public Defender ( Public Complaints) 01-8975571, 7926928
- Traffic control (LASTMA) 08075005411, 08023111742, 08077551000
- LAGBUS (Public Complaints) 08033036816
- Environmental / Noise Pollution (LASEPA) 07027951351
- Tax Issues (LIRS) 08033033121, 08033047270, 01-4979030-4
- Vehicle Registration /Drivers License 08029293099
- Fake Drugs / Narcotics Task Force 08033213799, 08034975296
- National Food and Drugs Administration Commission ( NAFDAC) 01-4528031, 4731018
- National Drug Law Enforcement Authority (NDLEA) 08026199999
- Public Advice Centre 08033011052, 08056250710, 08033183477