Nigeria To Implement Five-Year Visa Reciprocity Policy With U.S.

The federal government has directed the full implementation of a new visa reciprocity policy for U.S. citizens with effect from March 1.
This is contained in a statement by the Media Adviser to the Minister of Interior, Sola Fasure, in Abuja on Friday.

According to Mr Fasure, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, gave the directive following the approval for the implementation of the new Bilateral Consular Policy Agreements between both countries.
The adviser said that the agreements, among others, include: The reciprocity of five-year tourist visa validity for U.S. citizens pursuant to Section 30 of the Immigration Act, 2015.
Others are Extension of visa validity to three years for Diplomats and government officials between the citizens of both countries.
Consequently, the minister directed the Nigeria Immigration Service to commence the implementation of the policy from March 1.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the new Nigeria Visa Policy (NPV) in 2020, which amongst other things, promoted tourism.
According to Mr Fasure, Tourist Visa falls under the Short Visit Visa (F5A) category.
This, he said, was a policy in line with the president’s desire to boost cultural exchange and business between both nations.
He added that as part of the agreement, the U.S. would implement a similar policy for Nigerians wishing to travel on Tourist Visas to the U.S., and for diplomats and officials visiting the country.
Mr Fasure said that the U.S., as part of the agreement, would extend Tourist Visa Validity for Nigerian citizens to five years.

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