Barely 24 hours after the United States authorities announced increases in its visa fees for Nigerians as a way of retaliating Nigeria’s high fees. FG has announced a reduction in the amount payable by citizens of the U.S seeking Nigerian visas.
This was disclosed in a statement released by Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on Wednesday in Abuja.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said the FG has approved a reduction in visa charges payable by United States citizens from $180 to $150.
“Accordingly, the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, has been directed to implement the decrease in Nigeria’s visa charges to US citizens with effect from Thursday, August 29, 2019.”
In a statement, the US consulate in Nigeria had said America was “reciprocating” the extra visa fee the Nigerian government charges its citizens. The consulate had explained that the extra cost would be applicable to only those whose visa requests were granted.
It had said while America charges Nigerians $160 for visa application, its citizens seeking Nigerian visa were paying $110 extra. The U.S. State Department said the visa fees were increased after 18 months of consultation with the Nigerian government, to make its visa fees for Americans proportional, failed.