The government of Nigeria has eased the visa processes for foreigners who wish to visit the country for business and tourism, by removing some of the bureaucratic bottlenecks.
The new review would also benefit Nigerians as passport re-issuance has been decentralized.
In the new measure, Nigerians do not any longer need to go to the capital Abuja to get this done.
In a statement on Sunday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, the measures were part of the action plan for the ease of doing business as well as efforts to boost tourism.
The minister said Business Visas are available for foreign travellers who wish to travel to Nigeria for Meetings, Conferences, Seminars, Contract Negotiation, Marketing, Sales, Purchase and distribution of Nigerian Goods and others, Trade Fairs, Job Interviews, Training of Nigerians, Emergency/Relief work, Crew members, Staff of NGOs, Staff of INGOs, Researchers and Musical Concerts.
According to Mohammed, the measures by Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) fit perfectly into the 60-day national action plan for ease of doing business in Nigeria.
The measure was approved recently by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (), as well as the Administration’s efforts to boost international tourism.