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President Buhari Launches New Visa Policy_Ada Nkong

President Muhammadu Buhari has, tuesday launched a new visa policy. The policy allows visitors into Nigeria without a visa.
The policy allows citizens of other countries to visit Nigeria without visas.
By the new policy, on arrival, the visitor would commence the process of securing visa for the duration of their stay.

Dignitaries at the launch include the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mohammed Babandede, former Borno governor, Kashim Shettima, among others.

Aregbesola told reporters at the presidential villa that the new visa policy has expanded Nigeria’s visa from 6 categories to 79.
According to him, the visa on arrival can only be obtained in four international airports for now.

They are Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano and Port Harcourt International Airport.

Enugu International Airport, which is undergoing renovation, would be the fifth.

Nigeria Immgration had explained that the current type of visa classes, which are Transit, Tourist, Business, Subject to Regularisation (STR), Temporary Work Permit (TWP) and Diplomatic, were limiting.

The new policy covers Investors Visa under Permanent Residence Visas for small and medium enterprises, large corporations, ultra large corporations, oil and gas with importation and investment capital, among others.

The new short visit visa covers ECOWAS member states, Visa abolition agreement countries, holders of official travel documents of the United Nations Organisation, the Africa Union and few others.

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