The Ethiopian government, Wednesday, announced that, henceforth, there will be no more issuance of visas on arrival for Nigerians.
The order also extends to 41 other countries in Africa and South America. The reason for the development was not explained. The news was made available to newsmen by Ethiopian Airlines.
The circular, entitled ‘No More Visa on Arrival for Nigerian Citizens’, stated that Nigerians must obtain visas from the Ethiopian Embassy in Abuja before embarking on any trip.
It read in part, ”Please be informed that effective immediate, No More Visa on Arrival For Nigerian Citizens. Passengers are to obtain their Visas at Ethiopian Embassy in Abuja before travelling.
“Please note that: Passengers transiting overnight in Addis Ababa are not affected by the ban. E.g. Passengers having a layover in Addis to travel the next morning to Zanzibar, Seychelles, Lusaka, Lilongwe, Harare, Cape Town, Etc are not affected by the ban and do not need a transit visa for their trips.
“Thank you for choosing Ethiopian Airlines.”
Our correspodent reports that the Ethiopian Airlines, about two weeks ago, acquired a 49 per cent majority stake in the Nigeria Air project.