A statement on Saturday signed by Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, said the removal of excess visa application took effect from December 3, 2020.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that the United States Government has removed all visa reciprocity fees for Nigerian citizens seeking visas to the United States.
“The positive development is in line with the removal of excess visa application, processing and biometric fees for United States citizens applying for Nigerian visas by the Nigerian Government.
“The United States Government has therefore eliminated reciprocity fees for Nigerian citizens with effect from December 3, 2020.”
The statement added that: “Prospective Nigerian travellers to the United States are hereby advised to visit: www.travel.state.gov for details.”
KanyiDaily recalls that the US Government had on August 27, 2019, announced that Nigerians applying for US visas will be required to pay a visa issuance fee, or reciprocity fee, which took effect on August 29.
The US Embassy blamed the Nigerian government for the increased visa issuance fee which was done based on the principle of reciprocity meant to eliminate the cost difference U.S. citizens pay to obtain Nigerian visas.
Following the outcry by Nigerians, the federal government through its Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, bowed to pressure and reduced the visa fee of United States (US) citizens seeking Nigerian visa from $180 to $150.
The US Embassy did not however immediately reverse its decision, but had been in talks with Nigerian authorities for several months, saying it would only act if the visa reduction fee was made official.