Less than 24 hours after the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria announced a hike in its visa fees for Nigerians, Nigeria has just slashed its visa fees for American citizens.
It would be recalled that the U.S. Embassy said its upward revision is as a result of its reciprocity policy to get even with the Nigerian visa application fees which charge more for American citizens to get Nigerian visas.
A major implication for Nigerian visa applicants is that tourism visa is now N99,000 for all categories. However, applicants will also have to bear in mind that it is a non-refundable fee.
A statement credited to the Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior said the delay in slashing the visa fees for U.S. citizens was as a result of the ‘delay due to transition processes in the Ministry at the policy level’
It is not clear if the U.S. Embassy would reciprocate immediately. See the full statement below:
“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.
“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.”