NIS to issue digital visas for tourism

The Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede has revealed the plans to digitalise tourist visa before the end of the year.

Mr Babandede made the disclosure when the Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, NTDC, Folorunsho Coker and his team paid him a courtesy visit in his office, recently.

He assured that the digitalisation of tourist visa, which is ongoing, would further improve tourism and the ease of doing business in Nigeria.

He explained that the tourist visa would be web-based, saying: “Everything will be digitalized with no physical contact with anybody.

“Once you apply online, upload your application, submit, pay, and get approval, you start coming and within 24-48 hours, you get your tourist’s visa.”

The Immigration boss also explained that Nigeria is quite liberal with tourists’ visa for people coming to the country for religious tourism.

The Immigration boss, however, explained that the Migration Information Data Analysis System, MIDAS, recently launched by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola will assist with statistics of tourists visiting Nigeria and more online.

Earlier in his speech, Mr Coker congratulated the immigration boss and his team on the disruptive innovations in the visa process especially the visa-on-arrival improvements.

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