Africa: Why Nigerians will pay more for International Passports-NIS

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Why Nigerians will pay more for International Passports-NIS By: Friday Nwosu As Nigeria tries to break free from the current economic recession that has inflicted untold hardship on the citizens, the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has said Nigerians would have to pay more to obtain their international passports. According to, the Comptroller General, NIS, Mr. Muhammad Babandede said it […]

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Africa: Kenya’s African Union Candidate Promises Visa-Free Travel Across Africa

Kenya’s African Union Candidate Promises Visa-Free Travel Across Africa Kenya’s Foreign Affairs secretary Amina Mohammed and the country’s candidate to the African Union Commission Chairperson position has pledged to abolish travel visa in Africa, reports the Business Daily. “We need to remove bottlenecks such as visas,” said Ms. Mohammed, adding that she would push for free movement of goods and […]

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Tourism: African Travel Spend expected to rise 24 Percent with Introduction of African Union passport in 2018

New research released by global travel technology provider, Sabre Corporation  has revealed that African air travel spend is expected to rise 24% with the introduction of the pan-African passport in 2018. The new passport will enable African travellers to visit other countries on the continent without a visa. The comprehensive survey by Sabre aimed to uncover the opportunities and challenges faced by […]

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Africa: Nigerian people are daunting, flamboyant, aggressive– Burundian ex-beauty queen Carmen

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Beautiful Carmen Nibigira (PhD) is a former Director-General of the Burundi National Tourism Office and currently the Coordinator of East African Tourism Platform (EATP). She has travelled extensively in and out of Africa for work and leisure. The ex-beauty queen spoke with OKORIE UGURU about her life, her impression of Nigeria, Nigerians and tourism in general. WHERE did you grow […]

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Africa: ECOWAS harmonizing Agenda 2063 with AU team

In deference to the importance of Agenda 2063 to the overall development of the entire continent, the African Union Commission (AUC) is seeking to further collaborate with the ECOWAS Commission in order to create meaningful synergies around the agenda. The collaboration is also part of the measures to ensure that implementation of the 2063 agenda at the level of the […]

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Africa: I Need 38 Visas to Move Around Africa, Says Dangote

Billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote, has advised African leaders to give incentives to investors and make intra-Africa travel easy. He said this while revealing that despite the size of his group and investments on the continent, he needs 38 visas to travel across Africa. The richest African said adequate steps must be taken to address the issue in order for the […]

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Africa: Immigration boss orders delivery of passport within 72 hours

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The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr. Muhammad Babandede, has directed Passport officers to issue International Passports to applicants within 72 hours. The CGI also has directed for the re-configuration of the NIS Passport platform to enable passport applicants on change of name and loss of document obtain the passports at any passport office. The CGI, in a […]

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AU Passport: Nigeria’s tourism & hospitality industry might overtake the downstream sector by 2021

Nigeria’s tourism and hospitality industry might overtake the downstream sector by 2021 if the recently launched African Union (AU) passport is adopted by the country’s legislators. This is according to Mr. Kushal Dutta, the managing director of Africa’s number one hotel booking portal Jumia Travel Nigeria, who further said the Pan-African Passport will allow free movement of domestic tourists into […]

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US Visa Issuance: Nigeria Ranks First in Africa

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Chinedu Eze Nigeria has been ranked number one in Africa in the number of visa requests approved by the US Foreign Affairs Department. According to a document made available to THISDAY, Nigeria was also ranked number four in the world in the number of visas issued by the US in 2015. Out of 2,738,528 visas issued to non-immigrant visa applicants […]

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Africa: Visa on Arrival grew Rwanda arrivals by 22% and 50% for trade with East Africa

The image of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Chadian President Idriss Déby proudly holding the first two copies of the newly launched pan-African passport at the African Union (AU) summit in the Rwandan capital Kigali this month marked the type of historic moment rarely seen at such gatherings, where outcomes are often measured in declarations or resolutions. With the launch […]

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