U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria


Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja is located almost squarely in the center of the country. The former Nigerian capital of Lagos, located on the country’s coast, is absolutely enormous (second only to Cairo in all of Africa). Lagos served as the capital until 1991, when the planned city of Abuja became the new capital.

Abuja is a planned city, built almost entirely in the 1980s and designed from the start to become the Nigerian capital. In fact, Abuja is at the center of a region called the “Federal Capital Territory,” so there’s really no mistaking that it’s the capital city now.

If you’re in need of consular services when you’re in Nigeria, however, you can go to Abuja or Lagos. While the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria is now located in Abuja, there is still a consulate in Lagos.

Here’s the information you will need to contact or get to the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria.

Embassy of the United States in Abuja, Nigeria
Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive
Central District Area, Abuja

general tel: (234)-9-461-4262
general fax: (234)-9-461-4171
email: ConsularAbuja@state.gov

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website: http://nigeria.usembassy.gov/

Open Hours of American Citizen Services: Normal business hours are Monday-Thursday from 1pm-3pm and Friday from 8am-11am
>> The embassy is closed on both American and Nigerian holidays, as well as the last Friday of every month

Please note – passport renewals and consular reports of births abroad are done by appointment only, which you can make on the embassy’s website.

U.S. Consulate General in Lagos, Nigeria
2 Walter Carrington Crescent
Victoria Island, Nigeria

general fax: (234)-1-261-2218
email: LagosACS@state.gov

>> There is no general phone number for the consulate in Lagos; there are only “after hours emergency” numbers listed on the website: [234] (1) 261-1414, 261-0195, 261-0078, 261-0139, or 261-6477 – American citizens with an emergency should call (234-1) 460-3600 or (234-1) 460-3400.

Open Hours of American Citizen Services:
>> Extra Passport Pages – Monday-Thursday 7:30am-10:30am
>> Notary Services – Monday-Thursday 7:30am-10:30am
>> Federal Benefit Services – Monday-Thursday 7:30am-10:30am
>> Passport Pickup Only – Monday-Thursday 2pm-3pm and Friday 7:30am-12noon

>> The embassy is closed on both American and Nigerian holidays, as well as the last Friday of every month

Please note – passport renewals and consular reports of births abroad are done by appointment only, which you can make on the consulate’s website.