The countdown has indeed begun for the International Ombud Expo beginning on Tuesday 29th October, 2019 in Sheraton Abuja, Nigeria. The next three weeks are therefore important to enable your attendance as an Exhibitor, Participant or member of the International Press.

Ahead of your visit and as you conclude your travel plans, the IOE 2019 Secretariat would like to draw your attention to the following important information. We are committed to ensuring that you have a smooth and hitch-free travel to Abuja and participation at the first-ever International Ombud Expo.

What you must do NOW
Confirm that you have duly registered, received acknowledgement of your registration, and that you have fully paid the relevant registration fee.

Interested exhibitors and participants must complete the registration process and payment by Friday 11th October, 2019

Email your confirmation to:

Visa and Immigration Requirements for Nigeria
The Nigeria Immigration Services (NIS) has agreed to issue Visa on Arrival at Port of Entry for all fully registered international participants. The IOE 2019 Secretariat is required to submit the list of qualified participants to the NIS not later than 2 weeks to the Expo.

Please visit the NIS website to confirm the visa fees applicable to your valid passport:

What the IOE 2019 Secretariat requires of you NOW
You are required to forward the following details to the IOE 2019 Secretariat at: to enable the submission to the NIS and conclude arrangements for your arrival in Nigeria:

  1. Full names as they appear in your international passport
  2. Nationality
  3. International Passport Number
  4. Expected date of arrival in Nigeria and port of entry
  5. Expected date of departure from Nigeria and port of departure
  6. Details of Airline and Flight Numbers
  7. Hotel accommodation reserved in Abuja
  8. Special needs, if applicable

Confirmation of Hotel Accommodation
Participants are required to have confirmed their hotel accommodation ahead of arrival in Abuja. For information about approved hotels for the Expo, visit:

Please contact the IOE 2019 Secretariat on if you require assistance with booking your hotel accommodation.

Arrival at Port of Entry in Nigeria
Because you have provided details of your travel schedule, the Host Organisations will have their representatives waiting to welcome you and transport you to your indicated hotel reservation.

If you are arriving at other ports beside Abuja, be assured that similar arrangements will be in place to transport you to the applicable domestic airport to travel to Abuja

Exhibiting at IOE 2019
IOE 2019 is unprecedented. Its overriding goal is to present a rich display of ombud-types across forms, sizes and orientation while showcasing the work of these organisations and how they make a difference to the quality of governance and performance in organisations and governments around the world. Exhibitors and participants will have a unique opportunity to share experiences, network, and enhance their capacity.

No one knows your office better than you do, so you are ultimately the best judge of how the good practices and lessons of experience of your office should be effectively conveyed. By way of suggestion, however, the items that you could showcase in your booth, but not limited to, are:

  • Reports and official publications
  • Audio visual displays on role, operations and performance
  • Media reports and excerpts
  • Campaign publication of organisation’s services and other literatures
  • Physical evidence of achievements and success stories
  • Technology use and business processes, IT software
  • Documentary videos and online sources
  • Training and capacity development materials
  • Book publications and other intellectual materials
  • Cultural artefacts

Each fully registered exhibitor will be provided with a booth, measured at 3 x 3 x 8 metres, with appropriate name display, a table and 2 chairs, and electrical connections to power their appliances. Additional requirements are available on request at the exhibitor’s cost.

The expectation is that each booth will have at least one staff member in attendance to receive visitors and answer questions they may have.

Interpreters in the official languages of the Expo will be at hand.

Additional Useful Information
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Follow this link to get up to date weather forecast about Abuja:

The standard voltage in Nigeria is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Nigeria, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 – 240 V (as it is in the UK, Europe, Australia, most of Asia and Africa).

We wish you every best as you conclude your travel plans and look forward to welcoming you to Abuja.

IOE 2019 Secretariat
London, United Kingdom