As part of Nigeria’s aim to ease migration, they have modified their Visa Policy to enable the seamless issuance of visa-on-arrival to African citizens and high net worth investors with business interest in Nigeria.
The country also launched an e-visa application service, which means that visitors can now apply for Nigerian Visa online. According to the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), this process commenced on the 13th of May 2019.
Starting this week: Online applications now possible for Visas on Arrival for Nigeria: https://t.co/hO2YS1vwzf
Part of the push to make Nigeria a friendlier/easier place for business, investment and tourism.
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) May 14, 2019
The e-visa Application, however, is only available to foreigners who intend to Nigeria on business bases. This process will boost security, cut-off-visa overstays and also enable seamless arrival processes. All visitors need to do is showcase their approval letter, passport proof of payment, and proof of accommodation once they arrive in Nigeria.
Eligibility Criteria according to the Nigeria Immigration Service
- Frequently travelled Business Persons of International Repute
- Executives of Multinational Companies
- Members of Government Delegations
- Holders of United Nations Laissez-Passer
- Holders of African Union Laissez-Passer,
- Holders of any other Official travel documents of other recognized International Organizations who intend to visit Nigeria.
Kindly note that the Visa on Arrival policy is available to citizens of all countries except ECOWAS Nationals—as they do not require visas to visit, and other countries which Nigeria has entered into visa abolition agreements.
The e-visa application for foreigners have been available in countries like; Angola, Benin, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with Nigeria recently coming on- board.
This is a good one for Nigeria as the process will boost the countries, tourist and investment influx.
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