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Turkish embassy debunks report of visa ban on Nigerians

The Turkish Embassy in Nigeria has denied reports of visa ban on Nigerian passport holders. Last week, reports surfaced online claiming that Ethiopia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates had revoked certain privileges for Nigerian passport holders, such as visa-on-arrival, e-visa, and outright passport issues.

The report alleged that Turkey no longer allows Nigerian passport holders to obtain its e-visa, which was previously a seamless process.

However, in a chat with newsmen, the Personal Secretary to the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Wunmi Evelyn, said

“There is no visa ban on Nigerian passport holders. As it is well-known, if there will be any update regarding rules and procedures of the policies and practices of any country, these updates are officially notified to the respective foreign ministries, and statements/announcements are issued by the embassies.

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Visa applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, the secretary explained, addressing specific instances where applicants faced rejections.

While every application has been considered as case by case, for an applicant who has previously been denied a visa, (if there is not any fraud or forged documents detected) he/she should correct the mistakes that have been made in his/her initial application and try to improve the quality of his/her application.

Besides, he/she should update the documentation and refrain from supplying old versions of required supporting documents,” she said

This comes following the ranking of Nigeria’s passport among the world’s least powerful, according to the Henley Passport Index. In 2023, Nigeria was ranked 90th globally, allowing visa-free admission to only 46 out of 227 destinations.

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Nigeria’s passport is the fifth-worst in Africa, tied with South Sudan, and only ahead of Congo, Eritrea, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia.