President Buhari: Africans traveling to Nigeria to get visas on arrival

SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 23, 2019: Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the official welcoming ceremony for the heads of state and government of states participating in the Russia-Africa Summit at the Sirius Park of Science and Art. Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS Host Photo Agency (Photo by Anton NovoderezhkinTASS via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the audience following his re-election on February 27, 2019, in Abuja./AFP/Getty Images

All Africans wishing to travel to Nigeria will now be able to get a visa on arrival.

President Muhammadu Buhari made the announcement in a meeting of African leaders on Wednesday that it was part of a commitment to ensuring freedom of movement on the continent

Citizens of countries that belong to the regional group Economic Community of West Africa States-Ecowas already have visa-free access to Nigeria.

This step taken by the president should mean other visitors will not need to fill out paperwork before they arrive.

However, it is not clear how new this is as a notice on the immigration service website earlier this year appeared to show that visa on arrival for Africans was already in place.