The Ethiopian government has reportedly prohibited Nigerians from obtaining a visa upon arrival.
According to stakeholders, the ban, which went into force on Tuesday, October 4, would cause minor disruptions in travel to Ethiopia.
Daily Trust report that the management of Ethiopian Airlines, the country’s official carrier, alerted travel partners of the new development.
Before the aforementioned prohibition, travelers from Nigeria traveling through Ethiopia or arriving at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa could easily secure a visa on arrival (VOA).
The report revealed the contents of a note Ethiopian Airlines addressed to its partners for travel:
“Please be informed that effective immediate No More Visa on Arrival for Nigerian citizens.
“Passengers are to obtain their visa at the Ethiopian Embassy in Abuja before traveling. Please note that: Passengers transiting overnight in Addis Ababa are not affected by the ban. E.g. passengers having layover in Addis to travel the next morning to Zanzibar, Seycheles, Lusaka, Lilongwe, Harare, Cape Town, etc are not affected by the ban and do not need transit visa for their trips.”
However, Mrs. Susan Akporiaye, president of the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA), informed the newspaper that the information she received from a top Ethiopian Airlines official indicated that the matter had not yet been established.