Nigeria to process all tourist, business visas in two days

People walk on a street in the town of Damasak in North East Nigeria on April, 25 2017.
People walk on a street in the town of Damasak in North East Nigeria on April, 25 2017.PHOTO: AFP

LAGOS (REUTERS) - Nigeria will process all tourist and business visas within two days, the vice president's office said on Friday (May 19), as Africa's largest economy, mired in recession, tries to improve the ease of doing business in the country.

Applicants will be notified whether their visas will be issued or rejected within 48 hours, with the change to take immediate effect.

The move follows the launch in March of a system aimed at enabling business executives to apply for a visa online and collect it on arrival 48 hours later.

Foreign executives had complained that obstructive embassy officials made it difficult to enter the country.