Lagos - The Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Harry
Purwanto, has announced his government’s new policy for issuing visas to
Nigerians and other foreigners wanting to visit Indonesian for any purpose.
Purwanto told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that
under the new policy, his Embassy would no longer be involved in visa processing,
but only in the collection of visa applications.
The Ambassador, who did not give any reason for his
government’s new visa policy, said that the processing of visas to Indonesia
would henceforth take a much longer time.
“Nigerians seeking visas to Indonesia should know that the Indonesian
government has introduced a new visa application and issuance policy.
“Under the new policy, we as an Embassy in Nigeria, have
been withdrawn from processing visas.
“All we are now required to do is to collect visa
applications and send them to Indonesia for processing. We now have to be
taking authority from Jakarta.
“We, therefore, want to tell Nigerians seeking visas to
Indonesia to now begin their applications at least two weeks in advance, to
enable us send their applications on time to Jakarta,’’ he said.
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Purwanto enjoined Nigerians to always ensure that authentic information
and documents were provided in their visa application forms, to avoid visa
refusal from Jakarta.
The Ambassador, who restated his government’s commitment to
issuing more visas to Nigerians, said that about 1,000 Nigerians were issued visas
to Indonesia, this year.
He also said that his government would continue to create
the right environment for mutual trade relations and people-to-people interactions
between genuine Nigerians and Indonesians.
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