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Monday, 11 May 2015
Nigerian visa goes for a dollar in 13 countries
If what the NIS displays on the website is anything to go by, nationals of Mauritania, Monaco, Morroco, New Zealand, Panama, Uruguay, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Burma, Dominican, Chile and Colombia are charged between N100 and N 200 for a single-entry Nigerian visa. For those applying for multiple entries, the fee is multiplied by the number of entries they are seeking.
Applicants from the United States are charged the highest. They pay N14,000 for either a single or multiple-entry visa. Russia and other former members of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics are next to the US, and a visa application from the region attracts N10,500. A traveller from the United Kingdom, who is applying for a single-entry Nigerian visa, pays N9,700, whereas a multiple-visa applicant is charged N16,200. Interestingly, UK nationals, picking up temporary employment in Nigeria, pay N9,700, which is less than what their multiple-visa counterparts are charged. A British woman, married to a Nigerian, has the option of obtaining an “indefinite” visa at N40,800, according to the NIS’s fee schedule. Most European countries, such as Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Belgium and Spain, pay a little above N6,000 for a single-visa application. Multiple-entry visa application fee in most of the listed countries is N9,000 plus. Based on the fact that the immigration service deals with many people in different parts of the world, it is expected that the facts presented on its website are valid as this is a major platform where potential visitors to Nigeria can access it.