Visitors arriving Nigeria on the Visa on Arrival (VoA) programme will no longer be able to make cash payments. VoA fees are now to be paid using electronic cards at the ports of entry or online via the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) website. 

Plans to upgrade the VoA service to include biometric solutions at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, have been suspended due to controversies regarding the applicable fees and procedures. The biometric service is intended to allow government securely link a person to a single identity and provide clear evidence of the holder's immigration status.

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has confirmed that VoAs will continue to be issued under the standard process pending the implementation of the biometric service. Travelers are advised to take note of the current requirements and plan for the future additional cost of the biometric enrollment process as well as additional time that may be required at the ports of entry when the service is fully implemented.

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