FAQs about applying for a Nigerian visa
|December 31, 2012||Posted by Vishal under Nigeria Business Visa, Nigeria TWP Visa, Nigeria Visa Application||
Most travellers are likely to face these frequently asked questions.
What’s a standard Nigeria Visa?
A standard Nigeria visa is an endorsement or stamp placed in your passport by officially nominated Nigerian officers so that you may visit their country. Visas may be obtained from the Nigerian High Commission in London. A visit can further be defined to imply your reason to enter the country, usually for business, tourism or transit. Generally, visas are issued based on visit type, purpose and proposed length of stay.
How does one differentiate a passport from a Nigerian visa?
Passports are official documents issued by a government to certify your citizenship and identity for travel purposes. Basically, every passport has two main purposes: it serves in regaining entry into the country that has issued the passport and it is an essential document which is required by nearly every country, prior to allowing entry into that country.
Nigeria visa on the other hand is also an official document issued by the government authorising you to be temporarily in that particular country. The visa is a form of sticker/stamp put in your passport and obtainable from the Nigerian High Commission in London. Several agencies in the UK accept your passport and other relevant documents on behalf of the High Commission and return your passport after completion of the visa process for an agreed fee.
Who requires the Nigeria visa?
Except for nationals of ECOWAS or Economic of West African States who are exempted from needing entry permits, visitors from all other parts of the world, including UK citizens, need to apply for and be granted appropriate visas by the High Commission in London, prior to departing for Nigeria. To avoid unnecessary delays, applying early is always makes good sense.
How to choose between your need for a Nigeria visa or A Nigeria business visa?
Depending on the purpose of your trip, you can select the type of visa you will require. Activities that determine your visa type include:
Nigeria visa: this visa type is for tourists; visit to friends and/or relatives in Nigeria; scientists, researchers or professors attending scientific, technological or cultural conferences, meetings or seminars (services that may be thus provided should not be payable by any local Nigerian corporations/organisations, except disbursements for per diem grants or allowances); non-payable participation in performing arts or athletic competitions or events. It is not permissible for holders of Nigeria visa to engage themselves in any kind of paid activity during their visit.
Nigeria business visa: this visa type is specifically for business visitors or persons intending to conduct meetings with local business partners for the exclusive purpose of establishing business, except when such a visit would involve provision of services that are of a technical assistance in nature.
This post was written by Vishal Mavadia, Business Director Visa Services London