The Federal Government has directed the full implementation of a new visa reciprocity policy for citizens of the United States of America with effect from March 1, 2023.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said the directive was issued following approval for the implementation of the new Bilateral Consular Policy Agreements between the two governments.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari launched the new Nigeria Visa Policy in 2020.
He added that the policy amongst other things seeks to promote tourism and boost cultural exchange and business between both nations.
According to a Press Release by the Minister, agreements amongst others include the reciprocity of five-year tourist visa validity for American Citizens pursuant to Section 30 of the Immigration Act, 2015; Extension of visa validity to three years for diplomats and government officials between the citizens of Nigeria and the United States of America.
The Minister also directed the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), to start the implementation of the policy from March 1, 2023.
“As part of the Bilateral Agreement, the United States of America will implement a similar policy for Nigerians wishing to travel on tourist visas to the United States and for our diplomats and officials visiting the country.
“The United State will thus extend tourist visa validity for Nigerian citizens to five years”.