The Federal Government has reviewed the visa processes for foreigners who wish to visit Nigeria for business and tourism purposes, with a view to removing bureaucratic bottleneck and encouraging business travelers and tourists, thus giving a boost to the economy.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday, the Minister of Information
and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the measures were part of the
action plan for the ease of doing business as well as efforts to boost
tourism, within the overall context of the Administration’s economic
”The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has reviewed the requirements
for Nigerian visas to make them more customer friendly, and details of
this review are available on the NIS official website, www.immigration.gov.ng. Types of visas currently reviewed include Visa on Arrival (VoA) processes, Business Visas, Tourist Visas and Transit Visas,” the Minister said.
Alhaji Mohammed explained that Business Visas are available for
foreign travellers who wish to travel to Nigeria for Meetings,
Conferences, Seminars, Contract Negotiation, Marketing, Sales,
Purchase and distribution of Nigerian Goods, Trade Fairs, Job
Interviews, Training of Nigerians, Emergency/Relief work, Crew
members, Staff of NGOs, Staff of INGOs, Researchers and Musical
He said Tourist Visas are also available to foreign travelers who wish
to visit Nigeria for the purpose of tourism or to visit family and friends while Nigeria Visa on Arrival is a class of short visit visa issued at the port of entry, and it is available to frequently-travelled High-Net-Worth Investors and intending visitors 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.
The Minister said other actions that have been taken by the NIS for
the ease of doing business and facilitation of travelling for
Nigerians and foreigners alike include the harmonization of
multiplicity of Airport Arrival and Departure Form/Cards into a single
form for all agencies of government to save foreign visitors from the
current frustrating practice of filling 3 different forms or more and
the decentralization of Immigration services to the State Commands
”Re-issuance of passports for change of names due to marital reasons
or lost cases have been decentralized to all State Commands and
Foreign Missions to save passport holders from additional costs and
inconvenience of travelling to the Service Headquarters in Abuja,
while additional 28 offices have been opened for issuance of Residence Permits in Nigeria, bringing the issuance of Combined Expatriate Residence Permit And Aliens Cards (CERPAC) closer to the doorstep of employers of expatriates at all 36 states and FCT,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed said the measures by NIS fit perfectly into the 60-day national action plan for ease of doing business in Nigeria that was
approved recently by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment
Council (PEBEC), as well as the Administration’s efforts to boost
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