Relations between Nigeria and Austria continue to improve, and formal diplomatic relations were established in 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 frank, friendly and forward-looking relationship with Nigeria. Nigeria is Austria’s second-largest two-way trading partner in Subsahara Africa. In addition to our political and consular departments of our embassy in Abuja, we have a commercial section in Lagos fostering our commercial exchanges.
Austria and Nigeria worked together closely in 2010 as members of the UN Security Council and used this opportunity for an on-going consultation on international topics.
Nigeria is a founding member of the International Anti-Corruption Agency (IACA) in Laxenburg. The Nigerian Minister of Justice signed the founding document on 30th December 2010 in Vienna.
Thanks to the Vienna-based offices of OPEC, IAEA and UNIDO, there are regular visits of Nigerian Ministers and government officials to Austria who are using this opportunity for consultations with Austrian government officials and companies.
In August 2011 the Nigerian Minister of Health Professor C.O. Onyebuchi Chukwu paid an official visit and signed with his counterpart an MoU on training cooperation in hospital management.
Currently, there are 183 Austrian citizens registered in Nigeria.
Nigeria traditionally is Austria’s second largest trading partner in Sub-Saharan Africa after South Africa. During the 1980s trade relations developed a significant scope. Highlights were the construction of a factory for trucks and tractors by Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG in Bauchi in 1979 and the opening of a steelwork in Warri in 1982 led by Voest Alpine AG (the biggest and most advanced steelwork in Sub-Saharan Africa up to today).
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.
In 2012 the total trade volume accounted for € 1,029B.
Fields of future cooperation are renewable energy and energy efficiency. An official visit with a trade delegation could in the medium term deepen economic relations.
The fashion exhibition ‘Austrian Laces – Nigerian Fashion’ took place in May 2011 in Lagos. The event had its origin in a co-operation between the textile industry of Vorarlberg, four Nigerian designers and the Museum of Ethnology within the framework of the “go international”-initiative of the Ministry of Economics and the Chamber of Commerce. Goal of the exhibition was the establishment of a long-lasting co-operation with the Nigerian design scene and to raise awareness for quality laces from Austria. Nigeria is the main market for Austrian laces.
The exhibition ‘African Laces’ was opened by the Nigerian Minister for Culture in the National Museum Lagos. The event was organised by the Museum of Ethnology and supported by the British Museum which provided museum experts and - for the first time since independence in 1960 - traditional vestments as a loan.
To obtain information on specific entry requirements, contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) to be visited. Violations of entry and exit requirements may result in serious penalties.
The following information on entry and exit requirements has been confirmed with the Nigerian authorities. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is the traveller’s responsibility to check with the Embassy of Nigeria in Vienna for up-to-date information.
A valid Austrian passport is required for Austrians intending to visit Nigeria. The passport must be valid for at least one six beyond the date of your expected departure from Nigeria.
Austrians must also be in possession of a visa. You have to prove your intended voluntary exit from the country (return- or continuation of the journey ticket) as well as sufficient financial means for the stay. An invitation of person resident in Nigeria or of a government institution is required.
Further travel information and detailed information on visa can be found here.
Assistance for Austrians in emergency situations
Travellers can obtain consular assistance and further consular information at the following address:
Austrian Embassy Abuja
Plot 9, Usuma Street, Maitama, Abuja
Tel: (+234) 706 418 32 26
Besides the Austrian Embassy in Abuja, the following institutions can offer assistance:
Advantage Austria Lagos
(Austrian Embassy Abuja - Commercial Section Lagos)
Addresse: 65, Oyinkan Abayomi Drive,
P.O.Box 56085 Falomo
Phone: (+234) 1 2801304 / 2801305, 212 1197