The new visa policy which allows travellers to visit Nigeria without visas and only commence the process of obtaining visa upon arrival into the country was launched in the presence of the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola and the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mohammed Babandede at the State House in Abuja, on Tuesday, February 4th 2020. The document is a revised version.
President Buhari said the review of the visa policy is intended to attract innovation, specialised skills and knowledge from abroad to complement local ones.
The visa policy 2020 is to enhance business opportunities and achieve African integration through the visas on arrival for holders of passports of African Union countries.
Speaking to State House correspondents, the Minister of Interior said the new visa policy has broadened the scope of passage obtainment in Nigeria from the hitherto six categories to 79.
Aregbesola said the visa on arrival could only be obtained in four international airports, which he listed as Nnamdi Azikiwe international Airport, Abuja, Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano and Port Harcourt International Airport.
He said the Enugu International Airport which is undergoing renovation was the fifth airport where the visa could be obtained in arrival.
The Comptroller General of Immigration Service said that every nation has its own visa policy based on its needs, adding that the new policy will take care of emergency, education, religious tourism among others.
The revised policy is a sequel to Buhari’s pronouncements in November 2019 that a new policy of visas on arrival would be granted to all African travellers starting from January 2020.
The new policy favours Africans with a valid passport who wish to come into the country for a short visit, for businesses, and for tourism, as the visa grants them legal stay for up to 90 days.
President Buhari added that on arrival policy provides an avenue to achieve African integration.