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African Nationals travelling to Nigeria to get visas at point of entry from 2020

Nigeria has announced that other Africans nationals travelling to the country from January 2020 will get visas at the point of entry.

The announcement was made by the West African Nation’s President, Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday at the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa, holding in Egypt.

“We in Nigeria have already taken the strategic decision to bring down barriers that have hindered the free movement of our people within the continent by introducing the issuance of visa at the point of entry into Nigeria to all persons holding passports of African countries with effect from January, 2020,” he announced.

In a bid to push forth the Pan-African vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena, President Buhari declared: “We in Nigeria have already taken the strategic decision to bring down barriers that have hindered the free movement of our people within the continent by introducing the issuance of visa at the point of entry into Nigeria to all persons holding passports of African countries with effect from January, 202

The announcement comes at a time when Africa is advocating for a closer and full regional integration in the continent.

The announcement was followed by a tweet this morning from President Buhari on Nigeria’s efforts in supporting the free movement of Africans within the continent.

“Nigeria is committed to supporting the free movement of Africans within Africa. Yesterday at the Aswan Forum in Egypt I announced that, in January 2020, we will commence issuance of visas at the point of entry into Nigeria, to all persons holding passports of African countries.”

Scraping visa requirements for all African citizens by 2018, is a key part of the African Union “vision and roadmap for the next 50 years” that was adopted by all members states in 2013.

Surprisingly to date, Seychelles, Kenya and Ethiopia are the only nations where visa-free travel is open to all Africans – as well as to citizens of every nation – as it always has been.

In July 2019, the African superpower signed the the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement in a bid to increase trade between African countries.

Months after signing the agreement Nigeria closed its land borders to all movement of goods, in a bid to stop smuggling and announced it has no timeline for reopening them.

Observers call president Bihari’s visa free move controversial. They see Nigeria as a nation that is opening its skies to all Africans but leaving its borders closed.

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