The Republic of Seychelles has placed a ban on Nigerian passport holders applying for short-term visa or holiday purposes.
Seychelles confirmed this in a rejection mail it sent to a travel content creator. The content creator shared a screenshot of the mail via Twitter yesterday.
“We regret to inform you that your application has been denied, as per immigration regulation, for now we are not accepting any NIGERIAN passport holder for holiday purposes. Kindly contact http://www.ics.gov.sc/ (Seychelles Immigration) or call 248 4 293 636 for more information,” the content of the screenshot read.
As caption, she wrote, “It seems Seychelles just placed a ban on Nigerian passport holders. The thing with having a Nigerian passport is you can be postponing travel plans until you become Bill Gates and immigration policies will be like Dey play”
This comes just six months after Nigeria signed a pact for direct flights between the two countries.
Before the ban, Nigeria had a long-standing visa-free agreement with Seychelles which allows Nigerian citizens free entry without a visa for 30 days.
Meanwhile, Nigerian Twitter users have exploded in anger over the ban. Below are some of such comments:
@Nkemsdairy said: “Being Nigerian can be challenging at times. Just yesterday, my authorization form to Seychelles was denied at Kotoka airport, while my Ghanaian friends was approved right before my eyes. It’s hard to express how disheartened I felt.