The Federal Government of Nigeria has launched a New Visa Policy (NVP) to boost the nation’s economy and allow travellers to visit Nigeria without visas and only commence the process of obtaining visa upon arrival into the country.
This was disclosed in a Statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Mr Sunday James. With this, the Nigerian Visa Categories has increased from 6 to 79. James further stressed that the reform was to boost Nigeria’s economy.
“The objective of the reforms that have birthed NVP 2020 is to strengthen Nigeria’s position as a key economy in Africa by attracting more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the country.
“This would in turn provide jobs for the people and lift Nigeria’s teeming population out of poverty in line with the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.
“NVP 2020 is also designed to support the attainment of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (2017 -2020) and is a pathway to achieving the Security, Economy and Transparency (SET) Agenda of the present Administration,” he said.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, while speaking at the launch of the NVP 2020, said: “The NVP 2020 introduces special visas for Nigerians in diaspora who either by birth, marriage or nationalisation have assumed dual citizenship.
“Such category of Nigerians will now be able to make use of the passports of their adopted countries to visit Nigeria without the need for short stay visa,” he said