Many Nigerians remain in the country even after expiration of visas – FG explains why Ethiopia suspended visa-on-arrival

Days after news broke that Ethiopia’s government had suspended its visa-on-arrival policy for Nigerians, the federal government explained why the decision was made.

According to a statement issued by Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Francisca Omayuli, on Thursday, October 6, many Nigerians enter the country on tourist visas, stay even after their visas expire, and engage in unwholesome activities.

The ministry further revealed that asides from this, the government of Ethiopia took the decision due to security concerns and rising political tensions in the east African nation.

It added that the new visa restriction measure that came into effect on September 29, 2022, is temporary and would be overturned when there is an improvement in the security situation in the country.

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The statement read;

“The Nigerian government has noted the concern expressed by the Ethiopian authorities over the abuse of the country’s visa policy by some Nigerians who enter the country on tourist visas and remain even after the expiration of their visas, engaging in unwholesome activities.

“The activities of these few elements not only tarnish the image of the country, but limit opportunities for well-meaning Nigerians outside the country.

Such persons are enjoined to turn a new leaf and take advantage of the opportunity provided by the Ethiopian national security agencies to participate in the ongoing registration of undocumented migrants to avoid unpleasant situations.

“The ministry of foreign affairs of Nigeria wishes to inform the general public that the federal government of Ethiopia has suspended issuance of ‘visa -on-arrival’ to non-resident foreigners at all points of entry into the country, over security concerns and the current political situation in that country.

The suspension applies to nationals of all countries bearing standard passports, who seek entry into Ethiopia and not specifically targeted at Nigerians, as reported in some quarters.

“The Ethiopian authorities have explained that the measure is aimed at better border control of movement of persons into Ethiopia in view of the ongoing armed conflict in the Northern part of the country. The measure is said to be temporary, pending improvement in the security situation in the country and not a replacement of Ethiopia’s open visa policy.

“Therefore, Nigerians bearing standard passports intending to travel to Ethiopia are by this notification advised to obtain appropriate entry visas at the Ethiopian embassy or an electronic visa (e-visa) through the country’s immigration and citizenship service (ICS) portal at

Also, those transiting through Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to other destinations or intend to briefly stop over would require valid entry visa to enable them access hotel facilities in the city or else would be obligated to remain in the airport pending their connecting flight.

“The new temporary visa restriction measure came into effect on 29th September, 2022. The ministry of foreign affairs will liaise with the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and relevant airlines to ensure that intending Nigerian traveler enroute Ethiopia are well sensitized.

“The general public is invited to take note of the new visa regime of the federal government of Ethiopia and be guided accordingly.”

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