In an effort to improve its international business climate and steer the economy back to growth after four quarters of consecutive recession, the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has expanded its visa-on-arrival scheme for “frequently travelled business persons of international repute” and “executives of multi-national companies” whose home countries have no Nigerian consular post as it can be seen that the process of applying through a Nigerian consulate in a neighbouring country can prove to be expensive and inconvenient. The visa once granted will be valid for a single 14-day stay, at the port of entry.

While the visas are issued upon arrival, applicants must obtain a “visa on arrival approval letter” from an in-country sponsor prior to their arrival in Nigeria.

The NIS has also broadened the definition of business activity permitted under the traditional 90-day business visa regime. The list of permissible business activities now also includes negotiating contracts, taking part in sales activities, attending job interviews, undertaking training and research, purchasing and distributing Nigerian goods, attending trade fairs, and emergency or relief work.

We hope that the current 60-day action plan and the above change is the start of the much needed business reforms in Africa’s largest economy,