New Nigeria Visa On Arrival Procedure May 2019

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) rolled out a new Visa on Arrival Application Process (effective 13 May 2019) for all Business Travelers and African Union Countries except ECOWAS member Countries.

Nigeria Visa on Arrival is a short visit visa (30 days) issued at the port of entry, subject to receiving an approval letter in advance of travel.

Accordingly, all visitors coming to Nigeria from these countries shall be required to follow the procedure below:

The VoA facility is available to two categories of travelers:

  1. Frequently traveled High Net Worth Investors with business interest in Nigeria.
  2. Citizens of African Countries.


  • Frequently travelled Business Persons of International Repute
  • Executives of Multi-national Companies
  • Members of Government Delegations
  • Holders of United Nations Laissez-Passer
  • Holders of African Union Laissez-Passer,
  • Holders of any other Official travel documents of other recognized International Organizations who intend to visit Nigeria.

Note: Visa on Arrival is available to citizens of all countries except ECOWAS Nationals who do not require visa to visit Nigeria and other countries which Nigeria has entered into visa abolition agreements.

How to Apply for Visa on Arrival (Business Travelers)

Step 1: Apply and Make Payment online

To begin your application, please visit the NIS portal at and select Visa on Arrival.

Complete Application and make payments

You will be required to upload the following original documents:

  • Passport Photo
  • Introduction/Application Letter
  • Copy of Passport Data Page
  • Copy of Airline Return Ticket
  • Invitation Letter from Host Company
  • Corporate Affairs Commission Certificate from Host Company, or in case of NGO’s a letter of Permission.

NB- Introduction/Application Letter should be addressed to The Comptroller General of Immigration, NIS HQ, Abuja. Stating the following:

  • Name of Applicant indicating Nationality
  • Passport number of Applicant
  • Purpose of visit
  • Proposed date of visit
  • Proposed port of entry
  • Flight itinerary
  • Address in Nigeria or Hotel Reservation
  1. Once application is submitted successfully, a printable receipt would be issued.
  2. The application would be processed, after which, an Approval confirmation and Approval letter would be sent to your email within 48hrs (2 working days).

Note: Successful online payment is not an approval. Applicant should not proceed to Nigeria until receipt of ‘Visa on Arrival Approval Letter’.

Visa on Arrival is not valid for employment or residence.

Step 2: On Arrival in Nigeria

Arrive at the Port of Entry and proceed for biometric enrolment, visa issuance and Immigration Clearance

Upon arrival at the Port of Entry, proceed to the desk marked ‘Visa on Arrival’ for biometric enrolment and issuance of entry Visa. Present the following documents at the Port of Entry:

  • Visa Approval Letter, valid for 14 days from the date of issuance
  • Evidence of online payment
  • Valid Passport with minimum of six months validity
  • Valid return ticket

Please note: Approval Letter is FREE!

See Entry Visa Fees here

Apply for Visa on Arrival

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