I am a Nigerian citizen and I traveled to Sofia through Istanbul for a business trip (Turkish Airlines). I have another booking from Istanbul to London.

How can I claim my luggage to check in for my flight to London? What will be required of me by Turkish authorities?

I will return from London back to istanbul on British Airways to continue my flight back to Nigeria with Turkish Airlines.

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    So you're currently in Sofia, and your next booking is from Istanbul to London? How are you going to get to Istanbul? – hmakholm left over Monica Oct 3 '16 at 8:55
  • @HenningMakholm Presumably by air, since OP talks about "collecting luggage" in Istanbul. I-jay: Please provide some details regarding your flight from Sofia to Istanbul, and the next one to London. Did you book them separately? – Revetahw says Reinstate Monica Oct 3 '16 at 9:29

Since you talk about "collecting luggage", I'm assuming you have separate bookings for Sofia to Istanbul and Istanbul to London. (If you had a single booking, you wouldn't need to collect luggage, it would be automatically forwarded in Istanbul and you could stay in the transit lounge.)

According to Turkish authorities:

If you will not leave the transit lounge at the airport you are not required to have transit visa. Otherwise, you have to make visa application to the nearest Turkish Representation.

It sounds like you will have to leave the transit lounge in order to collect your luggage and check in to the new flight.

Nigerian citizens do need visas for Turkey. The source doesn't mention any exceptions for UK visa holders.

I have not found any information on where transit visas can be applied for for Turkey. All sites I have seen offer information only on tourist, business and e-visas.

The most convenient visa to get would perhaps be an e-visa.

There is a website to apply for e-visas for Turkey.

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