President Muhammadu Buhari has announced a visa on arrival policy for all Africans coming to Nigeria from January 2020.
Buhari made the announcement while attending the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa in Egypt.
The year 2020 will start on a high note for African travellers with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari announcing visas on arrival for all Africans coming to Nigeria.
Up to date, only holders of the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) passport could come into Nigeria without the need for visas. Citizens of few other countries with which Nigeria had agreements with could come into the country and obtain a visa on arrival.
President Buhari made the announcement for visa on arrival for all Africans while attending the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, taking place in Egypt. The finer details of the new policy are yet to be revealed. The announcement, though well received, raises questions about whether the president would follow through with immigration changing its policies.
The decision by Nigeria to offer visas on arrival for all Africans has been hailed across the continent considering it is often cumbersome for African nationals to obtain visas to visit other countries across the continent. Countries such as Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda are among the few which grant visa on arrival to all Africans.