Foreign nationals coming into Nigeria can now obtain visa at the point of entry following the visa on arrival policy introduced by the Nigeria Immigration Service(NIS) on Monday.
The NIS announced that it has migrated to a web-based portal for processing of visa on arrival applications with effect from May 13.
The facility 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 difficulty of urgent business travels.
The NIS spokesperson, Mr. Sunday James, said in a statement that prior to the migration to a web-based portal, applicants would forward applications for visa via email or hard copy to the Comptroller General for approval.
According to him, with the web-based regime, applicants would only be required to log onto www.immigration.gov.ng where they could apply for the facility, make payment, and receive approval online.
“The Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, hereby calls on genuine investors to take advantage of the innovation as it improves migration and transparency in the system in line with the Federal Government’s policy of Ease of Doing Business,” James added.
Visa on arrival is a class of short visit visa issued at the port of entry in a country.