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November 25, 2022BY Abu Susan

The Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has assured Nigerians of visa on arrival in the country. He responded to questions about the visa policy at an interactive session with some leaders of Nigerian groups across Canadian provinces in Ottawa on Monday, November 21.
The Special Adviser to the President on the ease of doing business, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, also shared a copy of the policy. Click the link below to read the full details below.

13 things you should know about Nigeria’s new Visa policy

By Joshua Odeyemi | Published Date Feb 5, 2020, 7:58 AM
According to a statement by Mrs Grace Njoku, Chief Information Officer in the Ministry of Interior. While performing the presentation at the State House, Abuja, the President said the initiative would attract innovation, specialised skills and knowledge from abroad to complement local capacity. He emphasised the gains of the new visa policy, and we have them highlighted below:

  1. The Nigerian Visa Policy 2020 is to support the attainment of a globally competitive economy for the country.
  2. It is a pathway to achieving Buhari’s administration’s Security, Economy and Transparency agenda.
  3. The policy would improve the business environment, attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and boost tourism.
  4. The policy will not compromise National Security.
  5. It will introduce visa issuance at the point of entry into Nigeria to all persons holding passports from African countries.
  6. The operation of the Nigerian Visa Policy is cardinal to the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria.
  7. The new regime is expected to boost economic activities in tourism, aviation, entertainment, commerce and other areas where Nigeria has a comparative advantage over other African countries.
  8. It allows Nigeria to apply the principle of reciprocity with her visa policy in the nation’s bilateral and multilateral relations.
  9. It will provide jobs for the people and lift Nigeria’s teeming population out of poverty.
  10. The NVP 2020 introduces special visas for Nigerians in the diaspora who have assumed dual citizenship by birth, marriage or nationalisation.
  11. Nigerians in the diaspora will now be able to use the passports of their adopted countries to visit Nigeria without the need for a short-stay visa.
  12. Features of NVP 2020 include an increase in the classes of visas from 6 to 79.
  13. The NVP 2020 also created visa codes for all visa classes and introduced e-visas.
40 thoughts on “VISA ON ARRIVAL IS AVAILABLE IN NIGERIA
  1. Mohammed Tukur GarbaSays

    2 years ago

    Fantastic news about Visa on arrival!!! Eliminates so much bureaucracy and waiting time for visa applications and issuance.

    1. Abu SusanSays

      2 years ago

      We have a new update on this. You do not need a visa anymore. You can go home with your expired passport.

      1. YemiSays

        2 years ago

        what's the process for picking expired passport at the Ottawa embassy? I dropped it as part of my passport renewal application. Thanks.

        1. Wale BanireSays

          2 years ago

          You don't pick, they mail it to you if you didn't do same-day-pickup. You must've submitted a self-addressed 'Regional or National (depending on your Provice of residence) Express Canada Post' envelope with which the renewed passport will be mailed to you. Hope this helps.

          1. Abu SusanSays

            2 years ago

            Thanks Wale

      2. Eno DerrickSays

        2 years ago

        Are you sure sir? Because I'm planning a trip back home soon and they said New passport is 425 US $ and my passport has Expired already...Eno Derrick

        1. Abu SusanSays

          2 years ago

          You can contact the Nigeria Immigration Service Yourself then.

  2. OlaSays

    2 years ago

    This is long overdue, kudos to the Nigerian government for implementing this policy. Will my son who holds a foreign passport be allowed visa upon arrival in Nigeria? He currently doesn’t have an African passport but he’s Nigerian by ancestry as his dad is Nigerian.

    1. Abu SusanSays

      2 years ago

      He needs to get a Nigerian passport. With a Nigerian passport, he does not need to apply for a visa. He can come to Nigeria with a valid or expired Nigerian passport.

  3. Israel Opeyemi-AjayiSays

    2 years ago

    Good day Susan, Thank you for your great work on this platform, I wish I got to know this platform earlier. Will I be able to get home with a canceled/expired Nigerian passport? My application for a passport renewal was submitted and I was told it would get to me before my trip but I’m just worried it may not at this point because I fly next Thursday and there’s no sign that it has been dispatched yet.

    1. Abu SusanSays

      2 years ago

      You can travel to Nigeria with an expired passport. However, you cannot come back to Canada, except you have a Canadian passport.

  4. AkinsSays

    2 years ago

    Please how can I travel home with my kids (they only have Canadian passport, no Nigerian passport). My Nigerian passport has expired but planning to use it like that and come back with my Canadian passport. Thank you.

    1. Abu SusanSays

      2 years ago

      Apply for visa

  5. AdeSays

    2 years ago

    Can I apply for ETC without itinerary/airline ticket?

    1. Abu SusanSays

      2 years ago

      No

  6. AdegokeSays

    2 years ago

    Hi Susan Please I have tried to call, send messages through mail and Instagram concerning our withhold passports at the embassy since 6th September 2022. We have not heard any positive response and our old and new passports are with them at the embassy. We need to travel home . I would be very happy if they can send my old passports and retain the new one. Hope to here from you soon

    1. Abu SusanSays

      1 year ago

      Please send all the details of the applicants to our Instagram page today

  7. MojiSays

    1 year ago

    I need to travel with my babies to Nigeria in less than a week. They have Canadian Passports. How can you assist please as it's urgent.

    1. Abu SusanSays

      1 year ago

      Use your passport and that of your spouse to apply for an Emergency Travel Certificate. Go to the homepage on the website to follow the guide under ETC.

  8. Philip IkhuoriaSays

    1 year ago

    Good day Abu, Can you still travel with Nigeria Expired Passport to Nigeria?

    1. Abu SusanSays

      1 year ago

      Yes, but get clearance with your Airline.

      1. Philip IkhuoriaSays

        1 year ago

        Thank you Abu for your support. Will applying for Emergency traveling certificate okay to travel Nigeria and arrive to Canada with my Canadian passport ? I am planning to leave to Nigeria by June 02 and arrive Nigeria by June 3. Travelling for my late brother burial. I am having a short time to renew my Nigeria passport due to first of all apply for NIN , which limits my time. Your honest advise is highly appreciated. Philip. Thanks 🙏

      2. Philip IkhuoriaSays

        1 year ago

        Thank you Abu for your support. Will applying for Emergency traveling certificate okay to travel Nigeria and arrive to Canada with my Canadian passport ? I am planning to leave to Nigeria by June 02 and arrive Nigeria by June 3. Travelling for my late brother burial. I am having a short time to renew my Nigeria passport due to first of all apply for NIN , which limits my time. Your honest advise is highly appreciated. Philip. Thanks 🙏

      3. Philip IkhuoriaSays

        1 year ago

        Please, Abu , answer my question above

  9. YinkaSays

    1 year ago

    Hello Honorable Abu Susan. I am a dual citizen with current Canadian passport but expired Nigerian passport. Can I still enter Nigeria with my expired Nigerian passport and travel back with my Canadian passport since there wouldn’t be enough time to renew my Nigerian expert while in Nigeria? Thank you for your prompt response

    1. Abu SusanSays

      1 year ago

      Yes, you can.

  10. IbrahimSays

    1 year ago

    Hello Honorable Abu Susan, I am unable to submit my "visa on arrival" application online. Getting error message “your request cannot be processed at this time please try again”. This is the error message I have been receiving since yesterday. Also, there was a post on May 31st advising that all applicants who came to renew their passports between May 4th and May 25th have been mailed. I was at the embassy on May 12th and successfully completed the renewal process. As of the time of this note, I still cannot track my self-addressed return envelope neither have I been notified of any issues with my renewal. I am scheduled to travel June 21st. My expired passport is at the embassy as we were instructed to leave in the return envelope, waiting on new passport and unable to submit VOA application. Stuck. Please help. Thank you Ibrahim

    1. Abu SusanSays

      1 year ago

      Please email the Nigeria Immigration Service

  11. JoySays

    1 year ago

    My Nigeria passport expired 20 years ago and I left when I was 10year old. Can I do visa on arrival? Can I apply for ECT, Please what are the requirements? Are there specific airline needed to qualify for visa on arrival? Yes am a Canadian citizen. Thank you so much in advance.

    1. Abu SusanSays

      1 year ago

      You can travel to Nigeria with your old expired passport. However, apply for ETC because of the Airline taking you to Nigeria. Click on the link to ETC and follow the instructions.

      1. JoySays

        1 year ago

        Thank you for quick responds, I am traveling to Nigeria this December, when is it good to apply for ETC because I heard it expires. I heard immigration Ottawa usually visit other province, when are they coming to Alberta? Thank you

  12. JolantaSays

    1 year ago

    We have to fly to Nigeria but we don't have enough time to apply for a visa. Can I apply for a " visa on arriva "l at Abuja airport for me and my children? We live in the UK. I'm Polish and my husband is Nigerian but our children have British passports. I have a Polish passport and UK settled status. I don't know if it can help with visa but 14 years ago I got married in Abuja. The children will be flying for the first time to Nigerian. Abu do you know if there is such a possibility for us?

    1. Abu SusanSays

      1 year ago

      https://immigration.gov.ng/visa-on-arrival-process/

      1. JolantaSays

        1 year ago

        Thank you

  13. Rosemary PedroSays

    1 year ago

    Hi my Nigeria passport expired 12 years ago and I left when I was 13year old. Can I do visa on arrival? I'm also a Canadian citizen. Thank you in advance.

    1. Abu SusanSays

      1 year ago

      Yes, you can.

  14. Angela NSays

    9 months ago

    MyNigerian passport expired 8 years ago and I have to go for my mother in-laws burial, can I travel with it or apply for visa on arrival? I have a UK passport.

    1. Abu SusanSays

      7 months ago

      Please, always read our updates. You can travel with your expired passport. But first inform your airline.

  15. EfosaSays

    9 months ago

    My passport expired 7 months ago. I need to go to Nigeria urgently for a family emergency. Please what is the process going to Nigeria with my expired passport.

    1. Abu SusanSays

      7 months ago

      You can travel with an expired passport

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