Nigeria and Austria established formal diplomatic relations in the year 1962. The friendship that underlies Nigeria-Austria relations dates back to 1909 when Austria-Hungary opened a Consulate in Lagos.
Austria is engaged in a very friendly and forward-looking relationship with Nigeria. Nigeria is Austria’s second-largest trading partner in Subsaharan Africa. In addition to the Embassy in Abuja, there is a Commercial Section in Lagos fostering bilateral commercial exchanges.
Austria and Nigeria worked together closely in 2010 as members of the UN Security Council and used that opportunity for on-going consultations on international topics.
Nigeria is a founding member of the International Anti-Corruption Agency in Laxenburg (near Vienna). The Nigerian Minister of Justice signed the founding document on 30 December 2010 in Vienna.
Thanks to the Vienna-based offices of OPEC, IAEA and UNIDO, there are regular visits to Austria by Nigerian ministers and other government officials, who are frequently using this opportunity for consultations with Austrian government officials and companies.
The following bilateral treaties have been concluded between Nigeria and Austria:
- economic, industrial and technical co-operation (signed and in force since 1982);
- re-admission (signed and in force since 2012);
- promotion and protection of investments (signed in 2013, not yet in force).
Nigeria traditionally is Austria’s second largest trading partner in Sub-Saharan Africa (after South Africa). In 2015, the total trade volume amounted to 150 million euros.
During the 1980s, trade relations developed an especially significant scope. Highlights were the construction of a truck and tractor factory by Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG in Bauchi in 1979 and the opening of a steelwork in Warri in 1982 led by Voest Alpine, the biggest and most advanced steelwork in Sub-Saharan Africa to date.
Today the best-known Austrian products are laces from Lustenau. In addition, Austrian companies are active in the areas of electricity production and the construction of hospitals. Fields of future co-operation are renewable energies and energy efficiency.
Regarding the issuance of Schengen visas, please contact the VFS offices in Lagos or Abuja. Other inquiries can be addressed to the Austrian Embassy in Abuja.
TRAVEL ADVICE: Due to the precarious security situation (frequent terrorist attacks), you are advised to refrain from travel to the North and the Northeast of the country. In view of the high crime rate (e.g. abductions, armed robberies), there exists a security warning for the whole of Nigeria.
Austrians intending to travel to Nigeria must be in possession of a visa, which they can apply for at the Embassy of Nigeria in Vienna. Also required is a proof of the intended voluntary exit from the country (return or onward ticket) and sufficient financial means for the stay.
Additional travel and visa information can be found here (in German).
Assistance for Austrians in emergency situations
In emergency situations, Austrian travelers can obtain consular assistance around the clock from their embassy in Abuja (during office hours: +234 706 418 3226, otherwise: +234 803 456 8080, e-mail: abuja-ka(at)bmeia.gv.at) or from one of the following institutions:
- the Commercial Section in Lagos, 65 Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi, tel.: (+234) 1 2801304, 2801305, 2121197, e-Mail: lagos(at)advantageaustria.org,
- the Honorary Consulate in Kaduna, 3A Kinkino road, mobile: (+234) 705 7000700 oder 808 7000700, E-Mail: austriaconsul(at)live.com, Honorary Consul: Mr Hermann Hufnagl and
- the Foreign Ministry in Vienna, tel.: +43 1 90115-4411.