Nigeria backs down, reduces visa fees for Americans

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The Nigerian government on Wednesday slashed visa fees for Americans, in a quick response to a hike announced less than 24 hours earlier by the United States Embasy in Abuja.

The embassy had hiked visas for Nigerians and introduced a special exchange rate of N370 instead of the official N350.

It explained that the hike was in response to the high cost of visas for Americans wishing to visit Nigeria.

However, in Wednesday, the Director of Press and Publicity in Nigeria’s Ministry of Interior, Mohammed Manga, said in a statement that the minister, Rauf Aregbesola, had approved the immediate reduction.

He did not provide any figures.

It reads: ”

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Nigeria Decreases Visa Charges Payable by American Citizens
By MOHAMMED MANGA – 2 hours ago

Nigeria Decreases Visa Charges Payable by American Citizens

The attention of the Ministry of Interior has been drawn to the introduction of reciprocity of Visa Fees by the United States of America. The Ministry acknowledges that there were engagements with the United States Embassy on the issue and in the aftermath, a Committee was set up to conduct due diligence in line with the Ministry’s extant policy on reciprocity of Visa fees. The Committee had concluded its assignment and submitted a Report but the issuance of authorisation for its recommendations was delayed due to transition processes in the Ministry at the policy level.

The Honourable Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has approved the decrease of Visa charges payable by US citizens in line with reciprocity policy as recommended by the Committee.

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Accordingly, the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, has been directed to implement the decrease in Nigeria’s Visa charges to US Citizens with effect from Thursday, 29th August, 2019.”

 

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