The Nigerian government in response to the statement released by the US embassy increasing visa fees for Nigerians travelling to the United States of America by an additional reciprocity fee of $110 (N40, 700) has reduced its visa charges for Americans seeking to travel into Nigeria from $180 to $150.
The announcement which comes a day after the United States released its statement where it increased the visa fees for Nigerians as a way to get even on Nigeria’s high visa charges from Americans. The U.S. State Department, in its statement said to have come to the conclusion of increasing the visa fees after a failed consultation attempt with the Nigerian government towards ensuring a proportional visa fee charges for Americans.
The minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola in his explanation blamed the non-implementation of the downward review of the visa fees charged to Americans by Nigeria on the leadership transition process in the Nigerian government cabinet which was fully set up last week with the inauguration of Ministers to oversee pending matters such as this one. He further mentioned that visa fee charges had been reduced accordingly for potential American travelers to Nigeria, and he said this review would take effect immediately.
“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,” the interior ministry spokesperson, Mohammed Manga, said in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES.
We therefore lookforward to the revert of the additional visa charges by U.S. Embassy for prospective Nigerian travellers to USA.