Nigerian authorities on Thursday announced a liberalized online visa-on-arrival application and processing facility created mainly to attract foreign investors to the country.
The new visa application and processing facility was considered in view of global best practices and attract foreign direct investment, as well as skilled professionals into the west African country, said Muhammad Babandede, comptroller-general of the Nigeria Immigration Service.
“This is to ensure that all genuine requests for visa on arrival facility from any part of the world are processed and issued within 48 hours (two working days),” the immigration chief said while announcing the new visa policy in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.
The new facility is a resolution of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council which is working on creating a fair ground for foreign investors in Nigeria.
“The new process was designed to eliminate all unnecessary bureaucratic visa processing procedures in Nigerian Missions abroad,” the immigration chief added.
With the new arrangement, the Nigerian government has set up a visa-on-arrival desk at all international airports in the country where visas would be issued upon the presentation of all the necessary travel documents and evidence of visa payment. Xinhua reports.