- Visa-On-Arrival requirement to be published
All valid ordinary tourist and business visa applications by foreigners attempting to visit Nigeria are now to be processed whether issued or rejected within 48 hours.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, gave the directive in a new Executive Order issued yesterday to all MDAs as part the overall initiative by the Federal Government under the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC); to ensure ease of doing business in the country.
According to the Order, entry visas to Nigeria ‘shall henceforth be issued or rejected with reason by the Consular Office of Nigerian Embassies and High Commissions within 48 hours of receipt of valid applications’.
The Order also states that the Embassies and High Commissions must ensure the following:
a) Publish notice on timeline at every Consular Office and on every website of Nigerian Embassies and High Commissions;
b) Develop a comprehensive and up-to-date lists of requirements, conditions and procedure for obtaining visa on arrival, including estimated time frame and; publish same on immigration-related websites in Nigeria and abroad, including Embassies and High Commissions, and all ports of entry into Nigeria