AU English

Welcome to the official website of the fourth International Conference on the Safe Schools Declaration.

The Government of Nigeria, together with the Governments of Argentina, Norway, Spain, as well as the African Union Commission and the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack are hosting the Abuja Conference. The aim of the conference is to galvanize action on protecting education from attack.


Register today for the Fourth International Conference on the Safe Schools Declaration in Abuja, Nigeria and online


The Safe Schools Declaration has been endorsed by 112 States


The Safe Schools Declaration has been endorsed by 112 States


General Information


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Abuja Conference will be a hybrid event with in-person and virtual components to accommodate all participants. The Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) is responsible for adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols and will be providing guidance and ensure compliance for the duration of the conference.

Interpretation services will be available for English, Arabic, French, and Spanish

Participation is open to government representatives of all UN member states, international organizations, civil society, and academia. Governments are kindly requested to nominate at least four (4) officials (at least one representative each from the Ministries of Education, Defense, Foreign Affairs, and Justice) to participate in the Conference.

All participants joining virtually are requested to register for the Conference here. Government delegates who wish to participate in-person are requested to write directly to and copy

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Abuja Conference will be a hybrid event with in-person and virtual components to accommodate all delegates. Diplomats, senior government delegates and speakers who wish to participate in-person are requested to write directly to and copy by Thursday 30th September 2021.

This will be the first time the Conference will be held on the African continent. Nigeria is fully committed to following all guidelines and measures to keep you safe. Please note that the information below is subject to change based on evolving guidelines issued by relevant government agencies.

Before you Travel 

  • Letter of invitation from Nigeria
    • All attendees will need to print their official invitation and hotel booking confirmation before travelling
  • Visa Requirements
    • Attendees are required to apply via email to the National Organising Committee (NOC) for a visa, which will be issued upon arrival at the airport. The requirements are to have a passport with validity of up to 6 months after entry into the country, proof of accommodation, airline confirmation and return ticket, an invitation letter, medical travel insurance and a travel itinerary. Following approval by immigration, copies of the approval is sent to each delegate to enable them to board their flight. Upon arrival in Nigeria, delegates will be issued with a visa after making the required visa payment.
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) PCR Test (strictly for the Abuja Conference)
    • Negative PCR test result performed not more than 72 hours before departure from country of origin is mandatory for all travelers to Nigeria
    • All travellers are expected to register on the Nigeria International Travel Portal 
    • Ensure a Quick Response (QR) code is generated from the portal 
    • Once a request has been made to the NOC for a visa, diplomats, senior government delegates and speakers from non-restricted countries will be considered for a special waiver by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC-COVID-19) from seven-day self-isolation. 
    • Travellers from non-restricted countries that do not require a visa to Nigeria should write directly to the NOC to be considered for a special waiver by the PSC-COVID-19 from seven-day self-isolation. 
    • Diplomats, senior government delegates and speakers from restricted countries  are encouraged to participate virtually as they will not be granted an exemption from self-isolation/mandatory isolation
    • Upon arrival, all travellers including diplomats will be subjected to routine health screening by port health services at Point of Entry. More information on travel protocol for diplomats is available here
    • A copy of PSC-COVID-19 waiver must be tendered to Port Health Services desk at Point of Entry 
    • All travellers are to adhere to all COVID-19 prevention guidelines while on transit
  • Do I need to be vaccinated?
    • Vaccination against COVID-19 is highly recommended but not mandatory for travellers to Nigeria. Every traveller to Nigeria will still perform all required PCR tests and adhere to the travel protocol on arrival in the country irrespective of their vaccination status
  • Where can I find further information regarding the COVID-19 Guidelines in Nigeria?
  • Partner hotels 
    • The NOC has partnered with the following hotels to offer delegates a discounted rate. In addition, free shuttle bus services will also be provided at these hotels

The Wells Carlton Hotels & Apartments, 8 Gado Nasko, Off Jose Marti Street, Asokoro, Abuja.  Tel: +2349081879231/2/2/4, +2348172294128. Email :, website : 

Stratton Hotel, Bola lge Close, Abuja, Nigeria, Asokoro, Abuja. Tel: +23494620700, +2348035756828. Email :, website : 

Serendib Hotels, No 19 Nelson Mandela Street, Asokoro, Abuja. Tel : +2348029473105, email :,, website : 

  • Safety Tips
    • It is always sensible to stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Avoid walking alone late at night – especially long distances. October in Abuja is dry season; so the sun will set around 6.30pm.
  • Medical Travel Insurance
    • Ensure you have medical travel insurance with international coverage for COVID-19 before travelling.

Arriving at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja

  • At the Airport 
    • On arrival, you will go through screening from port health services, immigration and customs. Protocol officers designated to the Abuja Conference will be on hand to facilitate your entry into Nigeria 
    • Free Wi-Fi available throughout the airport
    • Do not entrust your items to anyone 
    • Do not leave your items unattended
    • There are foreign exchange providers at the airport
    • Identify security personnel deployed for the Abuja Conference 
    • Free shuttle buses will be made available at designated times to delegates who have booked with partner hotels. Delegates will be requested to present a printed copy of their booking confirmation to use the shuttle service
  • Do I need to Quarantine on Arrival (strictly for the Abuja Conference)?
    • Once a request has been made to the NOC for a visa, senior government delegates and speakers can be considered for a waiver from self- isolation by the PSC-COVID-19
  • Are face masks mandatory?
    • Wearing a face mask is mandatory at all times
  • Other ways of getting around 
    • Taxi companies
      • Use registered taxis at the airport
    • Uber / Bolt 
      • You can download the app on your phone and book a car through there. You will be charged according to your data rates for international roaming.

Arriving at the Venue/During the Event

  • Transportation to the conference venue
    • There will be free shuttle buses to ferry delegates from partner hotels to the conference venue.
  • Registration Process
    • Present your printed letter of invitation and means of identification 
    • Conference materials will be handed to you
    • Admission is strictly by letter of invitation only
  • What COVID-19 prevention measures will be in place?
    • The conference hall will be filled to 50% of its original capacity
    • Other COVID-19 preventive measures will be strictly adhered to
  • What happens if someone has a high temperature?
    • The person will be separated from others and a test will be performed using Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kits. If the test confirms COVID-19, they would be moved to a treatment centre for isolation and treatment
  • What happens if I get sick at the venue?
    • A temperature reading will take place, followed by confirmation with RDT kit. This may require admission based on the clinical evaluation by an attending physician

Leaving Abuja, Nigeria

  • Do I need to do a PCR test before leaving Abuja?
    • Performance of PCR test is based on the requirement by the country of destination. Kindly check the requirements of the country of destination
  • Where do I get a PCR test done in Abuja?
    • To get tested, visit a test centre closest to you. List of test centres can be found here.

Departing to Nnamdi Azikiwe International, Abuja

    • Shuttle buses will be available at partner hotels to convey delegates to the airport

Delegates joining virtually are requested to register for the Abuja Conference by completing an online form here. Further information is available on the website.

A series of national and global pre-events are taking place.

28 May 2021 - A virtual briefing and commemorative event on The Safe Schools Declaration: Towards the Abuja Conference and marking the 6th Anniversary


15 July 2021 – Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Briefing for Embassies in Abuja, UN Agencies and NGOs


Contact Us

If you would like to get in touch with the Abuja Conference secretariat, please send an email to and copy

We look forward to connecting with you.