Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr Muhammad Babandede, has stated the entry requirements for Non-Nigerians travelling to Nigeria. Babandede gave the requirements in a statement by the Service Public Relations Officer, Mr Sunday James, on Monday and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. According to him, ECOWAS citizens and countries with visa abolition agreement with Nigeria require no visa for entry into Nigeria.
“They, however, must enter with valid travel documents and through an approved entry point. “Holders of African Union Passport desiring to enter Nigeria on short visits can obtain a visa upon arrival at any of the five International Airports. “Holders of valid Diplomatic/Official Passport from countries with which Nigeria has a Visa waiver agreement can enter Nigeria without Visa through an approved entry point.
“Visas such as for Residence, Temporary Work Permit, and Dependants are to be obtained at our Embassies/Consular Missions or Visa Processing Centers, before commencing such a journey to Nigeria.
“All other passengers who are not holders of passport of member countries of ECOWAS and Africa Union applying for a business purpose will apply for Visa on Arrival vide portal. immigration.gov .ng and must obtain approval online, before the commencement of the journey to Nigeria. “All categories of applicants that require Visa for entry into Nigeria are expected to pay online since cash payment is not allowed,” he said. Babandede said the Service position on this statement had been communicated to all Airlines and the International Airports for compliance.
He said Airlines would not allow passengers to board without complying with the conditions stated. The CGI called on genuine investors and other categories of travelers to Nigeria to take advantage of the innovation, saying it improves migration, transparency and security in their operations.