Nigeria has joined Ghana and a host of few countries that issue visas to Africans when they land into their countries. The announcement was made by President Muhammadu Buhari.
There have been several calls over the years for African countries to remove visas on Africans to ease on transport and business within the continent and for an economic giant like Nigeria to do this, makes it easier for the rest of the countries.
President Buhari said that it was testament to Nigeria’s commitment to see “free movement of Africans within Africa”. The announcement comes five months after Nigeria signed a deal aimed at promoting free trade on the continent.
“Nigeria is committed to supporting the free movement of Africans within Africa. Yesterday at the Aswan Forum in Egypt I announced that, in January 2020, we will commence issuance of visas at the point of entry into Nigeria, to all persons holding passports of African countries.” Read the statement made by the president during the meeting of African heads at the African Union in Egypt.
Nigeria Heading the Right Direction With Visas for Africans upon Arrival
At the moment, applicants often need to make a request for a visa in their country of origin, and it will be issued when they arrive in the West African state, this has always been an issue for some travelers.
This arrangement will be changing starting on new years of 2020 where all African travelers will be receiving their visas once they have landed in Nigeria making traveling even easier. According to BBC Nigeria correspondent Mayeni Jones says.
Nigeria is seen as an African superpower, with the biggest economy and population. With this move, Nigeria could see a rise in economy and also a high rise in tourism.
The big question now is whether other African countries will be joining the West African state in issuing visas to Africans upon arrival as Africa looks to see ease in movement but also a boost in economy on the continent.
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