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Ethiopia ‘bans’ visa on arrival for Nigerians

Ethiopia has reportedly banned visa on arrival (VOA) for Nigerian travellers visiting the country.

The management of Ethiopian Airlines, the national airline of Ethiopia, had informed travel partners of the new development, Daily Trust reports.

Before, passengers travelling to Ethiopia or transiting through the country from Nigeria could easily obtain a visa on arrival (VOA) on getting to Bole International Airport, Addis-Ababa.

But this would no longer be the case as prospective travellers are expected to get ET visa at its embassy in Abuja, owing to new rule.

According to the newspaper, in a memo sent to travel partners, Ethiopian Airlines said: “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.”

But the newspaper said a travel agent told its correspondent there was no confirmation yet on the new development.

“We are still studying the development. We have reached out to some officials of Ethiopian Airlines, though they did not deny it but they said it is not confirmed yet,” the travel agent reportedly said. 

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