TRAVEL SUPPORT

Before departure:

You need a valid passport, a visa (depending on your nationality), and a health certificate verifying an up-to-date immunization for yellow fever inoculation. Citizens of countries belonging to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are exempted from the visa requirement.

Please ensure that you take all required vaccinations and health insurance before embarking on your trip.

Kindly be aware that Ibadan is located in the Humid Tropics and that malaria is endemic in the area. It is advised to bring your own medication. Make sure to carry any essential medications you may be requiring. IITA has resident doctor and primary health clinic within the campus.

Obtaining a Nigerian visa:

Applications for visas can be made at any Nigerian Embassy, Consulate, or High Commission in your country of residence or the nearest to you. The website https://portal.immigration.gov.ng/visa/freshVisa can give you more information.

Please carry along with you copies of invitation letter and accommodation confirmation in case it may be required. It is also possible to arrange for a visa on arrival if you reside in a country where Nigeria has no legal representation, but do inform us in advance.

 

Arriving at Lagos airport:

Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, is the port of disembarkation. Representatives from IITA will meet you in the immigration area to guide you through the procedures and to take you to the IITA vehicles. The representatives can be identified by green IITA caps and each representative should carry an IITA identity card:

IITA Airport Representative: Mr Moses Gbadebo; Mobile phone +234-803-9784427

IITA Airport Representative: Mr Sunday Akinsaya; Mobile phone +234-803-3615008

If you cannot locate an IITA staff immediately, just wait in baggage collection area for some time; they may be assisting someone else at that moment at arrivals or departures.

The following are the telephone numbers to be used in case of emergency:

IITA Ikeja Guesthouse in Lagos (24 hrs): +234-803-4023913

Mr Andrew Agbeso, Manager of the IITA guesthouse: +234-803-4035044 (emergency use only)

Ikeja Guest House number +234 803-4023913 and +234 805-3228103

Participants facing visa problems should send their details, that of consular office to and nature of problem :

Dr. Akintoye –akintoye2005@yahoo.co.uk  OR Ms. Oke  t.oke@cgiar.org  for advice.

 After arrival:

The IITA reps will take you to the IITA vehicle that will take you to IITA headquarters in Ibadan or to the IITA Ikeja Guesthouse in Lagos or a nearby Hotel in case the guesthouse is fully booked. IITA applies the rule that everybody landing after 4 p.m. will spend the night in Lagos to be transported to Ibadan early next morning at 6.30 a.m. The trip from Lagos to Ibadan is about 160 kilometres and will take approximately 2 to 4 hours driving, depending on traffic. Address of the IITA Guesthouse:

IITA Guest House, Ikeja

Plots 531-532, Wempco Road

Ogba Estate, Ikeja, Lagos

The IITA Guest House at Ikeja is about 12 kilometres from the domestic airport, 20 kilometres (via Oworonsoki Expressway) from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport.

IITA TRAVEL CHARGES* (US$)
IITA Non-IITA LOC Shuttle (No Police escort)
Ibadan – Lagos (14:00h with Police escort)     50     70         30
Lagos – Ibadan (6:30h with Police escort)     50     70         30
Single car – Lagos or Vehicle No-shuttle     80     110
Airport – Ikeja Guest House     20     40
Airport Assistance     20     50
Access to Airport Lounge at Lagos International Airport     25     25

Other costs

Guesthouse accommodation for single room $150 breakfast inclusive

Guesthouse accommodation for double room $165 breakfast inclusive

Dinner $25

Lodgings in Ibadan:

In Ibadan you will either stay at IITA campus. Your local transport (within Ibadan), lunch and refreshment breaks will be arranged as part of the Congress registration fees. Please, remember that you cannot pay for accommodation by credit card at IITA. You have to settle in cash money (US Dollars, Pounds, or Euros) that can be changed into Naira (1 USD = ~350 Naira, subjected to change rate fluctuations), the local currency, to pay for your drinks and other expenses you wish to make. You can exchange at IITA but only during office hours.

 

Free Wi-Fi will be available in the conference center and also in IITA Hotel in the campus.

Recreational facilities includes swimming pool, 9 hole golf course, tennis court, squash court, basketball court, Badminton, forest trial for trekking/jogging and Dstv (limited channels) are available in IITA Campus

 

Suggested conference accommodation options

Electricity:

220V; Plug type G

The electric system in Nigeria is 220 Volt. If your electric system is different, please bring with you the proper adaptor to your mobile phone, laptop and cameras

Weather:

Ibadan is in the humid tropics. Temperature range between 20 and 34 °C; high humidity (~40 to 50%) during days; Occasional thunder showers

Language:

English, Yoruba and Hausa

 

Local currency:

Naira (1 US$ = ca. 200 Naira official rate) outside rate 345 Naira (Subject to change).

 

From IITA back to Lagos Airport:

IITA provides transportation to Lagos Airport. When your flight departs before noon, you will be conveyed the afternoon before to the Guest House or a nearby hotel in Ikeja for an overnight stay and you will be taken to the airport the following morning. If your flight departs late in the afternoon you will leave Ibadan the same day as your flight. The IITA airport representative will assist you with your departure in the same way as on arrival.

In case of any query, do not hesitate to contact us.

Additional information

Kindly send your flight schedule to and from Nigeria as soon as possible to Dr. Akin Akintoye (akintoye2005@yahoo.co.uk ), contact him too if you have consular issues.

The congress will feature an assortment of parallel activities so you can choose where you would like to be during the congress; no dull moment! The line-up includes Scientific symposia (there are 9 sub-themes to choose from); Oral presentations, side events, poster sessions, photo competition and the Congress Dinner. There will be one day of field trips/ excursions.

For mobile phones, SIM card can be purchased at the airport with the help of the airport assistants or ask the IITA/AAHC contacts for assistance.

Contact

Dr. H. A. Akintoye                                                                               Dr. (Mrs.) A.O. Shokalu

akintoye2005@yahoo.co.uk                                                              kemishokalu@yahoo.co.uk

+2348034714813                                                                               +2348036369814

The WHO adopted in May 2014 an amendment which stipulates that the protection afforded by yellow fever and the term of validity of the certificate will change from 10 years to the duration of the life of the person vaccinated.  Please, be aware that this change will come into force legally only in June 2016. Immigration services at the airport in Lagos require to see your yellow fever vaccination certificate, so make sure it is up to date.