Buying a Prepaid SIM Card in Nigeria Guide

Nigeria is the world's 7th-most populous country in the world with a population of more than 200 million people. There will always be someone around to help you or keep you company when exploring Nigeria.

The country also has the largest economy in Africa. But what can you actually do in Nigeria?

Lagos is a busy city that is known for shopping and its nightlife. Although many thing Lagos is the country's capital, Abuja is the actual capital of Nigeria. The Presidential Complex can be found there.

The Yankari Game Reserve is a stunning wildlife park with amazing springs. The Lekki Conservation Center is something for those who are into ecotourism. There is a lot to do in Nigeria.

What you should not be doing is roaming with your provider in Nigeria. Roaming can be expensive in many cases, which is why many travelers prefer to buy local SIM cards, like a Nigerian one.

Mobile data rates are low in Nigeria, compared to the world's average, which is why you should take advantage of it.

In this article, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Nigeria. Let's get started.

Telecom Providers in Nigeria

Nigeria has 4 telecom providers: MTN Nigeria, Glo Mobile Nigeria, Airtel Nigeria, and 9mobile. All these operators have 2G, 3G, and 4G.LTE networks.

There are also a few 4G/LTE-only operators, such as NTel, Smile Nigeria, Spectranet, and Swift. All these operators, except for NTel, do not have 2G and 3G roaming agreements with the other operators, meaning that there is no fallback with them. They are primarily targeted to those living in places where broadband internet is inaccessible. Therefore, the 4G/LTE-only operators cannot be recommended to travelers and will not be discussed in this article.

What SIM card should you buy when visiting Nigeria? If you want to buy a SIM card in Nigeria, I would recommend going with either MTN or Glo. MTN has the best network and coverage throughout Nigeria, but they are also the most expensive. Glo has good coverage throughout the country and is slightly cheaper than MTN.

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Like most countries in West Africa, and Africa in general, you have to register yourself when buying a SIM card.

The telecom industry is highly competitive in Nigeria. The number of users using mobile data has grown significantly over the past two decades. As a result, the networks can be congested at times, which results in slower speeds and network dropouts.

The operators keep improving their infrastructure constantly because the regulator imposes fine when the quality of service is poor. This is also why many Nigerians have 2 SIM cards or more. In fact, Nigeria is the world leader in dual-SIM usage.

Finally, the regulator had to set a minimum price for telecom services because the operators were engaged in a price war. A price war sounds good for the consumer because the prices keep getting lower and lower.

However, the aim of a price war is to undercut the competition so much that they go out of business. Once the company has a monopoly (or duopoly if they are engaged in price-fixing), prices will increase to insane levels, which will hurt the consumers.

Even then, mobile data rates are low compare to African standards and the world average.

With that being said, let’s see what Nigeria has to offer to us.

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MTN Nigeria

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MTN Nigeria, just MTN, is the largest operator in Nigeria. They also have the best network, but are, at the same time, the most expensive operator. With a market share of about 35%, they are loved by their customers.

You can buy an MTN SIM card for 300 NGN ($0.80) in MTN stores. Ask for their 4G/LTE SIM card if you plan on using MTN’s 4G/LTE network. Top-up cards are widely available. They can be purchased on basically every street. To recharge, dial *555*VoucherCode#. For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *555*123456# to redeem your voucher. Dial *556# to check your balance.

MTN has many data packs you can choose from. They have daily plans all the way up to yearly plans. I will go through each of MTN’s plans below. You can activate a data plan by dialing *131# or by texting the activation code to 131. These plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text NO + Activation code to 131. For example, if the activation code is 114, you would text NO114 to 131 to disable auto-renew.

Need data for just 1 day? MTN has 3 different daily plans:

  • 50 NGN: 25 MB. Activation: text 114 to 131
  • 100 NGN: 75 MB. Activation: text 104 to 131
  • 300 NGN: 1 GB. Activation: text 155 to 131

Need a plan that will give you data for 2 days? MTN has 3 2-day plans:

  • 200 NGN: 200 MB. Activation: text 113 to 131
  • 500 NGN: 2 GB. Activation: text 154 to 131
  • 500 NGN: 2.5 GB. Activation: online or by dialing *131#

Staying in Nigeria for a week? Get one of these 3 MTN weekly plans:

  • 300 NGN: 350 MB. Activation: text 102 to 131
  • 500 NGN: 1 GB. Activation: text 142 to 131  
  • 1500 NGN: 6 GB. Activation: text 143 to 131  

MTN also has a plan that will last you for 2 weeks, which costs 500 NGN and comes with 750 MB. Text 103 to 131 to activate this plan.

Staying in Nigeria for a month or just want a lot of data? MTN has 12 plans that will last you for 30 days:

  • 1000 NGN: 1.5 GB. Activation: text 106 to 131   
  • 1200 NGN: 2 GB. Activation: text 130 to 131   
  • 1500 NGN: 3 GB, Activation: text 131 to 131   
  • 2000 NGN: 4.5 GB. Activation: text 110 to 131 
  • 2500 NGN: 6 GB. Activation: text 147 to 131   
  • 3000 NGN: 8 GB. Activation: online or by dialing *131#
  • 3500 NGN: 10 GB. Activation: text 107 to 131 
  • 5000 NGN: 15 GB. Activation: text 116 to 131  
  • 6000 NGN: 20 GB. Activation: online or by dialing *131#
  • 10 000 NGN: 40 GB. Activation: text 117 to 131  
  • 15 000 NGN: 75 GB. Activation: text 150 to 131  
  • 20 000 NGN: 110 GB. Activation: text 149 to 131 

Need an MTN plan that lasts for 60 days? You have these 2 options:

  • 20 000 NGN: 75 GB. Activation: text 118 to 131 
  • 30 000 NGN: 120 GB. Activation: text 138 to 131 

Exploring Nigeria for 3 months or require a lot of data? These 2 MTN plans will last 90 days:

  • 50 000 NGN: 150 GB. Activation: text 133 to 131   
  • 75 000 NGN: 250 GB. Activation: text 134 to 131   

Finally, you can choose from 3 MTN plans that are valid for 365 days:

  • 120 000 NGN: 400 GB. Activation: text 156 to 131  
  • 250 000 NGN: 1000 GB. Activation: text 136 to 131 
  • 450 000 NGN: 2000 GB. Activation: text 137 to 131  

MTN also offers various social bundles that come with a data allowance for a specific app or a handful of apps. These plans start from 25 NGN for 1 day to 250 NGN for a month. If you choose a bundle that focuses on one specific app, the largest data allowance you will get is 160 MB for a month.

If you get the social bundle, which is valid for WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, 2Go, WeChat, and Eskimi, then the maximum data allowance is 600 MB for 30 days.

Although I am personally not a fan of these plans, I do want to let you know that they exist. I will mention the prices of the social bundle. For the individual social plans, head to the MTN website.

MTN Social Bundle for WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, 2Go, WeChat, and Eskimi:

  • 50 NGN: 40 MB for 1 day. Activation: text ASD to 131  
  • 100 NGN: 120 MB for 7 days. Activation: text ASW to 131
  • 250 NGN: 600 MB for 30 days. Activation: text ASM to 131

Glo Mobile Nigeria

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Glo Mobile Nigeria, just Glo Mobile, is the second-largest operator in Nigeria with a market share of around 25%. They are cheaper than MTN while offering good coverage.

Glo Mobile SIM cards are sold for 300 NGN. Ask for their 4G/LTE SIM card if you plan on using 4G/LTE. Recharge vouchers are widely available. To recharge, dial *123*VoucherCode#. For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *123*123456# to redeem your voucher. Dial *124*1# to check your balance.

Glo Mobile uses a double data system. Every new customer gets double data, as long as they keep renewing their plans (although there is a grace period of 3 days). If you fail to renew your plan after it expires, your data will be halved. Let me explain.

You become a Glo Mobile customer, and you buy a data plan that comes with 5 GB of data for 30 days (2500 NGN). Your data gets doubled because you are a new customer, making your total data allowance 10 GB. If you stay in Nigeria for 3 months and keep renewing your plan (you can downgrade or upgrade within those 3 months), you will keep getting your data doubled.

Let’s say you decide to visit South Africa for 3 weeks within those 3 months. You do not renew your Glo Mobile plan because you are a smart traveler and know that buying a local SIM card, a South African one, is cheaper than roaming with Glo Mobile. When you go back to Nigeria and buy the same 2500 NGN plan, you will only get 5 GB instead of 10 GB because you did not have a continuous subscription.

Because it is assumed that you will be a new Glo Mobile customer when considering a Glo Mobile SIM card, I will only mention the double data allowance in the list below.

Glo Mobile has 14 different data plans that range from 1 day to 30 days. The majority of the plans will last 30 days. If you have a Glo Mobile 4G/LTE SIM card, dial *777# to activate a data plan. If you have a Glo Mobile 3G SIM card, use the USSD codes mentioned below to activate a plan:

  • 50 NGN: 30 MB for 1 day. Activation: dial *127*14#
  • 100 NGN: 70 MB for 1 day. Activation: dial *127*51#
  • 200 NGN: 200 MB for 7 days. Activation: dial *127*56#
  • 500 NGN: 1.5 GB for 10 days. Activation: dial *127*57#
  • 1000 NGN: 3.2 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *127*53#
  • 2000 NGN: 7.5 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *127*55#
  • 2500 NGN: 10 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *127*58#
  • 3000 NGN: 12 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *127*54#
  • 4000 NGN: 16 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *127*59#
  • 5000 NGN: 24 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *127*2#
  • 8000 NGN: 32 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *127*1#
  • 10 000 NGN: 46 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *127*11#
  • 15 000 NGN: 60 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *127*12#
  • 18 000 NGN: 90 GB for 30 days. Activation: dial *127*13#

Airtel Nigeria

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Airtel Nigeria, just Airtel, is the third-largest Nigerian operator. With a market share of more than 20%, they are doing well in the Nigerian market.

Airtel SIM cards are sold for 300 NGN in Airtel stores. You can get a recharge card in plan in many establishments throughout Nigeria. To recharge, dial *126*VoucherCode#. For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *126*123456# to redeem your voucher. Dial *123# to check your balance.

Airtel has many types of data packages, from regular data packs to social packs. Airtel also has 4G plans, which are “designed specifically for routers to deliver superfast internet experience on 4G network in locations that have 4G coverage.” Based on that information, I believe that are not bundles that can be used on smartphones. Worry not, all other bundles can be used on Airtel’s 4G/LTE network as well.

The following 9 Airtel plans are called Daily / Weekly plans, which are plans that are valid for 1 day to 14 days.

  • 50 NGN: 25 MB for 1 day. Activation: dial *141*50#
  • 100 NGN: 75 MB for 1 day. Activation: dial *141*100#
  • 200 NGN: 200 MB for 3 days. Activation: dial *141*200#
  • 300 NGN: 1 GB for 1 day. Activation: dial *141*354#
  • 300 NGN: 350 MB for 7 days. Activation: dial *141*300#
  • 500 NGN: 2 GB for 1 day. Activation: dial *141*504#
  • 500 NGN: 1 GB for 7 days. Activation: dial *141*502#
  • 500 NGN: 750 MB for 14 days. Activation: dial *141*500#
  • 1500 NGN: 6 GB for 7 days. Activation: dial *141*1504#

Staying in Nigeria for a month? Get one of these 7 Airtel monthly plans:

  • 1000 NGN: 1.5 GB. Activation: dial *141*1000#
  • 1200 NGN: 2 GB. Activation: dial *141*1200#
  • 1500 NGN: 3 GB. Activation: dial *141*1500#
  • 2000 NGN: 4.5 GB. Activation: dial *141*2000#
  • 2500 NGN: 6 GB. Activation: dial *141*2500#
  • 3000 NGN: 8 GB. Activation: dial *141*3000#
  • 4000 NGN: 11 GB. Activation: dial *141*4000#

Are you a heavy data user? Airtel has 4 Mega Packs that come with a lot of data for 30 days:

  • 5000 NGN: 15 GB. Activation: *141*5000#
  • 10 000 NGN: 40 GB. Activation: *141*10000#
  • 15 000 NGN: 75 GB. Activation: *141*15000#
  • 20 000 NGN: 110 GB. Activation: *141*20000#

Need a small plan that can be used for WhatsApp? Airtel has a WhatsApp social plan that costs 25 NGN and comes with 10 MB for 1 day. Dial *948*4# to activate this plan.

Airtel also has 3 social plans that can be used for Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp:

  • 50 NGN: 40 MB for 1 day. Activation: dial *991*4#
  • 100 NGN: 80 MB for 5 days. Activation: dial *688*3#
  • 300 NGN: 600 MB for 25 days. Activation: dial *688*3#

Airtel also has plans for Instagram, Facebook & WhatsApp, and Opera (Opera mini browser and Opera News) specifically:

  • 20 NGN: 25 MB for Opera Mini and Opera News for 1 day. Activation: dial *141*253#
  • 25 NGN: 100 MB for Facebook and WhatsApp for 1 day. Activation: dial *141*254#
  • 50 NGN: 200 MB for Facebook and WhatsApp for 7 days. Activation: dial *141*54#
  • 50 NGN: 100 MB for Opera Mini and Opera News for 7 days. Activation: dial *141*53#
  • 100 NGN: 300 MB for Opera Mini and Opera News for 30 days. Activation: dial *141*103#
  • 100 NGN: 500 MB for Facebook and WhatsApp for 30 days. Activation: dial *141*104#
  • 100 NGN: 250 MB for Instagram for 1 day. Activation: dial *141*105#
  • 200 NGN: 1 GB for Instagram for 1 day. Activation: dial *141*205#

1 Facebook and WhatsApp bundles auto-renew. Use the following codes to disable auto-renewal: *141*254*1#, *141*54*1#, and *141*104*1# for the 25 NGN (1 day), 50 NGN (7 days), and 100 NGN (30 days) plans, respectively.
2 Opera Mini and Opera News bundles: Video streaming and downloading are not allowed.

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9mobile

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9mobile is an underdog in Nigeria. They are the smallest full operator, offering 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE networks. They used to be owned by Etisalat Nigeria, but Etisalat had to leave the Nigerian market because they were in debt. Since then, the operator has been rebranded to 9mobile.

Because they do not have that many subscribers, around 25 million, the network is not as congested as the other operators, making 9mobile a reliable operator and offering good speeds.

9mobile SIM cards come in different variants in 9mobile stores. Get the cheapest one because it does not matter which one you choose if you are planning on buying data packs. Once you have received your 9mobile SIM card, dial 200 to activate it. You can redeem top-up cards by dialing 222*VoucherCode#. For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *222*123456# to redeem your voucher. Dial *232# to check your balance.

9mobile has daily/weekly plans + socials, night/weekend plans, and monthly plans. Let’s go through each of them. Do note that all plans auto-renew. Dial *229*0# to cancel auto-renewal.

The following 4 9mobile plans are valid for 24 hours. Some of them come with free access to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, which they call social:

  • 50 NGN: 25 MB. Activation: dial *299*3*8#
  • 100 NGN: 100 MB. Activation: dial *299*3*1#
  • 200 NGN: 650 MB. Activation: dial *299*3*2#
  • 300 NGN: 1 GB + social. Activation: dial *299*3*3#

The following 4 9mobile plans are valid for 3 or 7 days:

  • 200 NGN: 250 MB for 7 days. Activation: dial *299*2*10#
  • 500 NGN: 2 GB + social for 3 days. Activation: dial *299*3*4#
  • 500 NGN: 1 GB + social for 7 days. Activation: dial *299*2*1#  
  • 1500 NGN: 7 GB + social for 7 days. Activation: dial *299*2*2#

The following 3 9mobile plans have restrictions on how to use your data:

  • 200 NGN: 1 GB to be used between 12 AM – 5 AM for 1 night. Activation: dial *229*3*11#
  • 1000 NGN: 2 GB to be used between 7 PM – 7 AM for 30 days. Activation: dial *229*3*12#
  • 2000 NGN: 5 GB to be used between 7 PM – 7 AM and 100 MB WhatsApp data (anytime) for 30 days. Activation: dial *229*3*13#

Finally, 9 mobile has 9 data plans that are valid for 30 days.

  • 500 NGN: 500 MB. Activation: dial *229*2*12
  • 1000 NGN: 1.5 GB. Activation: dial *229*2*7
  • 1200 NGN: 2 GB. Activation: dial *229*2*25
  • 1500 NGN: 3 GB. Activation: dial *229*2*3
  • 2000 NGN: 4.5 GB. Activation: dial *229*2*8
  • 4000 NGN: 11 GB. Activation: dial *229*2*36
  • 5000 NGN: 15 GB. Activation: dial *229*2*37
  • 10 000 NGN: 40 GB. Activation: dial *229*4*1
  • 15 000 NGN: 75 GB. Activation: dial *229*2*4

Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Nigeria

I have discussed the relevant providers in Nigeria in this article because using a Nigerian SIM card would be much cheaper than roaming with your provider… in most cases. However, buying a local SIM card is not the only way to stay connected in Nigeria. You can buy an international SIM card, use a mobile hotspot, or use free WIFI connections. Below, I will discuss the alternative options to use your phone in Nigeria.

Roaming in Nigeria with Your Provider

Roaming is a term used in wireless telecommunication that indicates a mobile device is outside the range of its home network and has connected to a different, available cell network. Let’s say your provider is UT Mobile by Uganda Telecom, then you would be roaming with UT Mobile in Nigeria.

The issue with roaming is that it can be expensive. There have been many horror stories where people had to pay thousands in roaming fees when coming back from their holidays, which is just a shame, in my opinion. However, roaming does not always have to be expensive, especially when visiting a neighboring country.

Many providers offer roaming plans. Some allow you to roam for free in Nigeria, while others would offer you a roaming bundle with a set number of minutes, SMS, and data. Finally, several operators let you use your plan’s allowance for a daily fee.

As you can see, there are many options out there, so be sure to explore the roaming options your provider has. Conveniently for you, I have reviewed the roaming options of many providers (and many more to come) and discussed everything you need to know about roaming with your provider. If you are lucky, you may not even have to buy a SIM card in Nigeria and can roam for free there.

No idea how roaming works? I made this comprehensive guide about what roaming is and how it works. It is worth the read – promised!

One thing I would not recommend doing is to Roam As You Go. Just like prepaid cards where you can buy bundles or Pay As You Go (as in, charged per minute, SMS, or MB), Roaming As You Go can be insanely expensive (that is how people get expensive roaming bills). So far, there are a handful of providers I have reviewed that offer affordable Roam As You Go rates. But generally, avoid it. Get a roaming plan if you can or buy a SIM in Nigeria.

Using an International SIM Card in Nigeria

International SIM cards are cards that have been made for travelers so that they do not have to deal with roaming costs.

The number of international SIM card providers is too many to count, but international SIM cards give you the same convenience as roaming with your provider. A few providers I know are OneSimCard, SimOptions, Surfroam, BNESIM, and SimCorner.

They allow people to call you at one number instead of five in case you are exploring multiple countries in one trip. Moreover, you do not have to deal with multiple SIM cards you will never use again. In short, international SIM cards have been made for the international traveler in mind.

Although this sounds fabulous, international SIM cards are much more expensive than local SIM cards in Nigeria. Some international SIM card providers charge ridiculous fees (sometimes, even more than roaming with your provider), while others offer awful service. It is, therefore, important to go with a reputable company so that you do not have to deal with surprised when traveling around the world.

On the other hand, international SIM cards are appealing to those who travel frequently or are visiting multiple destinations in one trip. Many countries in Africa require you to register before you can use a SIM card, which can be a hassle for some. Additionally, the language barrier may be off-putting to some travelers, which is why an international SIM card can be handy. You order it before you depart and can use it in various destinations.

My recommendation, however, is to get a local SIM card if you are only visiting one destination. If you are visiting multiple ones, an international SIM card could be handy. If you want to learn more about international SIM cards, check out my international SIM card comparison article, where I analyze 10 international SIM card providers so that you do not have to.

Using Portable Hotspots (Pocket WIFI) in Nigeria

Portable hotspots, also referred to mobile hotspots or pocket WIFI, are routers small enough to bring with you everywhere you go. They are portable, battery-powered wireless routers that allow you to connect your phone, laptop, or tablet without needing multiple SIM cards for those devices to be connected to the internet. They are compact and lightweight so that you take them along with you whenever you need internet access on the go.

Just like with the number of international SIM card providers, there are so many mobile hotspots out there that it is challenging to keep track of them all. Skyroam and Vision Global Wireless are reputable pocket WIFI providers. You can get a discount if you rent a router through Skyroam by using coupon code PHONETRAVELWIZ. Cellular access with Skyroam starts at $8 a day while using a Vision Global device starts at $2 a day. Both services cover more than 130 destinations around the world.

The first time I used a portable hotspot was when I was in Bangkok, Thailand, with my dad. He uses the Dutch telecom provider called KPN, which does not let you roam for free in Thailand. I was with 3 Denmark (3 Danmark), which also did not allow me to roam for free. The router was offered for free by our Airbnb host. Let me tell you how convenient that thing was!

I do not remember the exact brand router we used, but we could connect our phones to it, explore Bangkok, and upload highlights of our trip on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and WhatsApp without the need of connecting to unsecure and slow connections in Thailand.

That is why I often recommend those who are traveling in groups or with families to consider getting a pocket WIFI device so that each individual does not need to buy a local SIM card and data packages. In some countries, the cost of getting a local SIM card or packages is so low that it is not even worth getting a mobile hotspot. In others, it could save you money.

I recently wrote an article analyzing the 7 Best Mobile Hotspots for Travelers like yourself, which should be an interesting read if pocket WIFI is something you are considering. I do reviews of individual devices every now and then, so check out my mobile hotspot category to stay up to date.

Connecting to Free WIFI Networks in Nigeria

Finally, we have the most cost-effective way to stay connected in Nigeria which is using free WIFI networks.

Using WIFI networks should not cost you any money (unless you are connecting to premium hotspots), which is why it is a popular option for travelers. Go to a local café, buy a coffee, connect to their WIFI, and post your pictures to Facebook or Instagram. Straightforward, right? Well, let’s see if that is indeed the case.

First, you need to find hotspots. In some regions, they are readily available. In others, you cannot find any, require you to give your personal details (for commercial purposes), are restricted for those who are a subscriber of an operator’s, or are so slow that you wished you never connected to them.

In the case of Nigeria, you will find many hotspots. Some of them can, however, be slow.

Public WIFI hotspots are unsecure. They are a prime target for hackers to steal your data and use it for illicit purposes. That is I use, and would recommend you to start using, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) if you connect to a public hotspot. What a VPN does is creating an encrypted tunnel between your device and the hotspot so that your data will stay private. I use NordVPN, and you can get up to 70% off when you get a NordVPN subscription. Get your subscription now or learn more about NordVPN.

The Best Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Nigeria

Getting a SIM card from either MTN or Glo would do you well when considering a Nigerian SIM card. Be sure to explore the roaming options your provider offers you, as they may offer free or cheap roaming bundles.

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You could also consider getting an international SIM card or using a portable hotspot. International SIM cards are attractive for those visiting multiple destinations at once or within a year. Portable hotspots will be useful when traveling with multiple people so that not each individual has to get a SIM card but can use the hotspot.

Visiting other countries in Africa? Check out my Africa SIM card buying guide, covering other African countries, such as Algeria, Botswana, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my sim card buying guides for other destinations around the world.

What is next?

Looking for the best companies and gadgets to enhance your travel experience? Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel! Save money on plane tickets, bus rides, cruises, and accommodation. Besides that, I also list services and items I use to make my life easier – and I believe they will help you too!

Book Your Flight for Nigeria

It is time to book your flight. Find cheap flights with AirWander so that you can add free or cheap stopovers in destinations you have not considered yet before going to Nigeria. If you are not ready to take off yet, set up flight alerts with Airfarewatchdog, and they will notify you once ticket prices to Nigeria drop.

Book Your Accommodation for Nigeria

I am a huge fan of Airbnb because it allows me to live with a local or get a local place for myself. Staying in someone’s house or apartment feels much different than being in a ho(s)tel, especially in Nigeria. At least, that is how I see it. Moreover, Airbnb can often be much cheaper than staying in a Nigerian hotel.

Get Your Travel Insurance for Nigeria

You will regret not having travel insurance once you actually need it and “forgot” to get it. Nowadays, travel insurance is cheap and comprehensive unlike back in the days. World Nomads is by far the best travel insurance for adventurous travelers like yourself. You can even get insured WHILE already traveling in Nigeria, which is not something many insurance companies allow you to do.

Get a Travel Debit Card

Travel Cheques are outdated. Paying with your credit card or debit card can be expensive because of all the exchange commissions banks charge you. TransferWise allows you to convert your main currency to Nigerian Naira for a small fee (up to 8 times less than with your bank!) Getting a Transferwise Borderless account is FREE, so you will get an instant return on your investment.

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Enjoy your trip!

Ernest Adu

Ernest Adu, going by just Adu, is the founder and editor at Phone Travel Wiz. He has been a traveler for 6 years. Although from Europe, the Netherlands, Adu's favorite region in Asia, in particular, East and Southeast Asia. He currently lives in Tainan, Taiwan, and plans on exploring Oceania and more of East and Southeast Asia.

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