This is a general guide for international visitors on things to remember when traveling by air to Enugu, Nigeria. It contains essential tips, from planning your trip to how to settle in upon arrival in Enugu.

Ethiopian Airlines is the only international airline with a direct flight to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport (Enugu Airport). The local, nearest alternative is Airpeace Airline which will connect travelers with local Airpeace flights via its Lagos hub.

  • Best options: As already indicated, your best bet for convenient travel to Enugu are Ethiopian Airlines (direct flight to Enugu) and Airpeace Airlines (via Lagos).
  • Cost considerations: In terms of pricing, Airpeace is more cost effective. However, Ethiopian provides more options to arrive from anywhere in the world through its Star Alliance affiliation.
  • Cost effectiveness: Booking flights well in advance secures best fares and seat availability.
  • Passport Validity: Your passport must be valid for six months for tourism and business travel to Nigeria.
  • Tourism visa is required for travel to Nigeria
  • Health checks: You are required to undergo and present certificates of polio and yellow fever vaccinations for travel to Nigeria.
  • Currency restrictions: There are no limits for entry or exit if you declare your currency. 
  • Documents: Check that you have your flight booking confirmation, identification, and other necessary documents handy for check-in.
  • Baggage Allowance: The things to consider are baggage allowance and restrictions for your preferred airline.
  • Remember to pack essential items such as travel documents, medications, and personal necessities in your carry-on bag
  • Before you arrive, ensure that you fill the currency declaration form if you are carrying a large amount of cash, usually USD 10,000 and above..
  • When you disembark, follow the signs for immigration and baggage claim.
  • Immigration will require you to present your passport, visa and completed arrival forms to be cleared to enter the city. 
  • Claim your checked luggage at the baggage claim area.
  • Transportation: There are airport car hire services to take you to your hotel or other accommodation.

Enugu has a number of accommodation options including 

  • Star Hotels: Check out Enugu Metro star hotel listings here. The local currency is weak, thereby making the star hotels comparatively inexpensive.
  • Budget Hotels: There are quite a good number of budget hotels. However, be careful in choosing them. Ask your cab driver for recommendations and check out each one critically before deciding to stay there. hotels for every budget.
  • Airbnb: There are quite a good number of Airbnb outlets in Enugu. Check out the options directly from its website here.

Follow these steps and stay informed about travel requirements to have a smooth journey traveling to Enugu by air. We look forward to welcoming you to Coal City, the hidden gem of the East.


  • Ogbuagu Bob Anikwe is the publisher of Enugu Metro. He writes a well-received column for Enugu Metro (on Sundays) and the (Nigerian) Sun Newspaper every Thursday. Contact Bob through any of the channels below or send an SMS to +234 803 622-0298.

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