How to apply for visa on arrival as an expatriate

The application for visa on arrival is a common tale of most foreigners visiting the country. Sometimes the application could be quite frustrating as a result of delay arising from the inability of the officials to promptly process the document. A Nigerian visa is obtainable from any Nigerian Diplomatic Mission in the country where the intending visitor is domiciled.

In the event there is no Mission in that country then the visa may be obtained from a Mission in the country nearest to the country of domicile or it may be issued upon arrival at the airport. However there are faster and easier ways to go about applying for visa on arrival.

What is Visa on Arrival (VOA)

‘Visa-on-arrival’ as it implies means you need a visa to enter, but you can apply for it and receive the visa when you show up at the airport.

This type of visa is available to citizens of all countries except Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Nationals who do not require visa to visit Nigeria and other countries which Nigeria has entered into visa abolition agreements.

The request takes 48 hours (2 working days) to be processed and approval letter issued within that same time.

3 easy steps to apply for visa on arrival

1. Get visa on arrival approval letter.

2. Pay for visa on arrival online.

3. Arrive at the port of entry and proceed for immigration clearance.

What you need to present at the port of entry to get visa on arrival

1. Visa Approval Letter (Pre-approved visa letter), valid for 14 days from the date of issuance.

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2. Evidence of online payment.

3. Valid passport with minimum of six months validity.

4. Valid return ticket.

5. Two to three recent passport sized photographs.

6. Photocopy of first page and bio-data page of International passport.

7. Application for regularization from company to free zone authority indicating acceptance of immigration responsibility.

8. Photocopy of relevant page of entry visa endorsement in International Passport.

9. Two copies of letter of offer of employment. 10. Two copies of letter of acceptance of offer by expatriate.

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