THE EXPLAINER: What To Know About Nigeria's New VISA Policy
On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari presented a new VISA policy for Nigeria.
The official presentation was done at the State House with the Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola and other principal public office holders in attendance.
Here are quick facts about the new policy:
- The new visa policy was designed to attract Innovation, specialized skills and knowledge from abroad, to complement locally available ones. This new Visa Policy will advance Nigeria's goal of building a globally competitive economy.
- This new policy will also help improve Nigeria's business environment, attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), boost tourism, free trade, and improve African integration, without compromising national security Nigeria's territorial integrity.
- The new VISA policy introduces special visas for Nigerians in the diaspora who either by birth, marriage or nationalization has assumed dual citizenship. Such category of Nigerians will now be able to make use of the passports of their adopted countries to visit Nigeria without the need for a short-stay visa.
- The new VISA policy has 79 visa classifications, with the most popular being the Visa on arrival.
- The VISA on arrival favors Africans with a valid passport who wish to come into Nigeria for a short visit, for businesses, and for tourism, as the visa grants them legal stay for up to 90 days. This implies that potential investors or tourists who may not be able to obtain VISA at the Nigerian Missions/Embassies in their countries of residence due to the absence of a Nigerian mission in those countries or exigencies of urgent business travels will be issued visa at the point of entry into Nigeria.
- The VISA on arrival policy is only valid for people visiting, not for those who want residency or employment.
- Potential travelers can now apply for VISAs online (e-visas).