Nigeria to commence Visa on arrival policy January 2020

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has announced the country will begin issuing visas on arrival for all African nationals effective January 2020. He made the announcement while attending a peace and development summit in Egypt.

The details of this new policy remain unclear as no further detail beyond Buhari’s pronouncement has been offered.

This new policy will further promote the objectives of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, a treaty seeking to establish a continent-wide marketplace with increased trade and freer movement among its major pillars. When the new policy is implemented, Nigeria will also join Kenya as well as Ethiopia as countries which have recently established visa on arrival policies for all African nationals.

Nigeria recently signed the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

The African Union recently launched the Single Air Transport Market initiative to ensure cheaper and more regular direct flights between African countries.