Nigeria Shopping, Embassy and Communication

By | May 6, 2022



Official language is English. The three main Nigerian languages ​​are Yoruba, Ibo/Igbo and Hausa, with over 400 other languages ​​spoken.


Goodbye = Goodbye Eight = Eight Eighty = Eighty Exit = Exit Beer = Beer Please = Please Thank You = Thank you Tuesday = Tuesday Doctor = Doctor Thursday = Thursday Three = Three Thirty = Thirty Entrance = Entrance One Hundred = One Hundred One = One One Thousand = One Thousand Friday = Friday Five = Five Fifty = Fifty Danger = Danger Closed = Closed Hello = Hello Today = Today Hotel = Hotel I feel ill = I feel ill I don’t understand this = I don’t understand Ja = Yes My name is … = My name is … I am doing very well. = I’m very well. Wednesday = Wednesday Montag = Monday Morgen = Tomorrow No = No Neun = Nine Neunzig = Ninety Open = Open Restaurant = Restaurant Saturday = Saturday Six = Six Sechzig = Sixty Sieben = Seven Siebzig = Seventy Sonntag = Sunday Menü = Menu Do you speak German/English ? = Do you speak German/English? Toilets = Toilets Four = Four Forty = Forty Wine = Wine How are you? = How are you? How much is it? = How much does it cost? Where is …? = Where is …? Ten = Ten Twenty = Twenty Two = Two Sunday = Sunday menu = Menu Do you speak German/English? = Do you speak German/English? Toilets = Toilets Four = Four Forty = Forty Wine = Wine How are you? = How are you? How much is it? = How much does it cost? Where is …? = Where is …? Ten = Ten Twenty = Twenty Two = Two Sunday = Sunday menu = Menu Do you speak German/English? = Do you speak German/English? Toilets = Toilets Four = Four Forty = Forty Wine = Wine How are you? = How are you? How much is it? = How much does it cost? Where is …? = Where is …? Ten = Ten Twenty = Twenty Two = Two

Public Holidays

01/01/2022 New Year

04/15/2022 Good Friday

04/18/2022 easter monday

05/01/2022 Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)

05/01/2022 Workers’ Day

07/09/2022 Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)

10/01/2022 Independence Day

10/09/2022 Milad un Nabi (Birthday of Prophet Muhammad)

12/25/2022 Christmas

12/26/2022 Christmas


The dates given for Islamic holidays are calculated according to the lunar calendar and therefore shift from year to year.

During the fasting month of Ramadan, which precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims are forbidden to eat, drink or smoke from sunrise to sunset, which causes disruptions or deviations in the normal course of business (including reduced opening hours of shops and authorities) and therefore there may be restrictions for travelers.

Many restaurants outside the hotels are closed during the day, and the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes is restricted or e.g. T. even strictly forbidden, even for non-Muslim vacationers. In hotel complexes it must be taken into account that meals and drinks during Ramadan may only be taken in the hotel restaurant or in the room.

Travelers should expect increased sensitivity in religious matters as well as in respect of Islamic traditions.

Some interruptions may also occur during Eid al-Fitr. This festival, like Eid al-Adha, is indefinite and can last from 2-10 days depending on the region.

Duty free shopping


The following items can be brought into Nigeria duty-free (persons aged 18 and over): 200 g tobacco; 1 l spirits and 1 l wine; 284 ml perfume; gifts up to a total value of N50,000 (excluding luxury items, photographic equipment, electronic devices and jewellery).If the declared amount is exceeded, the total amount must be declared.Tourists are allowed to bring in items for personal use duty-free, including but not limited to new and used clothes, a child’s bicycle, a stroller, a buggy, toys, a video camera, binoculars, clocks, a printer, a laptop, tools and instruments. In addition, one radio, one portable musical instrument and one piece of fishing equipment per passenger may be imported duty-free. These items are only allowed to remain in Nigeria once they have been cleared through customs. Antiques may only be sold and bought by the Antiques Directorate or a licensed dealer. Before antiques can be exported, a permit must be obtained from the above-mentioned authorities.

Prohibited Imports

Drinks of all kinds (including beer, champagne or sparkling wine, mineral water, non-alcoholic drinks), food of all kinds (e.g. fruit, vegetables, cereals, bird eggs, pork and beef, cane sugar, beet sugar, some vegetable oils and fats, cocoa butter, baking powder and cakes, pasta, fruit juices, ketchup,), jewelry, precious metals and fabrics (including mosquito nets), live and dead birds, mosquito repellents, soaps and detergents, carpets, shoes, glass bottles that can hold more than 150 ml, rechargeable phone cards, corrugated cardboard, certain hoops, ball point pens, and certain medications. Note: Failure to comply will result in heavy fines or a minimum of 6 months in prison. More information is available from

Contact addresses

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Zieglerstr. 45
+41 (0)31 384 26 00.

Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00.

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Rennweg 25, Postfach 183
+43 (0)1 712 66 85.

Mon-Thu 9.30am-12.30pm.

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Consulate General in Frankfurt/M.

Neue Jakobstr. 4
+49 (0)30 21 23 00 (general questions) and +49 (0)30 212 30-116 (visa inquiries).

Mon-Thurs 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Business etiquette

English is spoken in business circles. Business meetings often take place without prior appointment. However, when negotiating with government officials, it is advisable to arrange appointments in advance. Business deals usually only come about after lengthy negotiations.

Opening hours

Office hours: Authorities Mon-Fri 08.00-16.00. Private companies: Mon-Fri 08.30-17.00. Muslim employees briefly close their shops during prayer times.

Business contacts

Austrian Federal Economic Chamber – Lagos Foreign Trade Center Austrian Embassy, ​​Economic Department 65, Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, PO Box 56085 Falomo, Lagos Ikoyi, Nigeria Tel. +234 (0)809 097 86 03, +234 (0)906 992 70 73. Website: wko. at/aussenwirtschaft/ng Trade Point Nigeria – Switzerland Global Enterprise c/o Consulate General of Switzerland 15, Onisiwo Road (formerly Probyn Road), Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria Tel. +234 (0)903 826 32 50. Website: www.s Federal Ministry of Commerce and Tourism Old Secretariat Area I Block G & H PMB 88 Garki, Abuja, Nigeria Tel. +234 (0)9 234 16 89, +234 ( 0)9 234 14 91.



According to, the country code for Nigeria is 00234. There are no public payphones in Nigeria.

Mobile phone

GSM 900 / 1800, 3G (2100) and 4G (800 /1800 Mhz). Network operators include Glo Mobile, airtel Nigeria and MTN Online. International roaming contracts exist. It may be worth purchasing a Nigerian prepaid SIM card. They are available almost everywhere and only have to be activated in the mobile phone. The credit is topped up with a scratch card. The network coverage is almost nationwide.


Providers include Spectranet and bitflux. Internet cafes are available in most cities, but one should avoid entering confidential information into public computers, such as is required for online banking.

Post office

Postal items to Europe do not always reach their destination and can take up to three weeks to arrive. International courier delivery is more reliable.

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