Coronavirus: US cancels visa appointments in Nigeria

Coronavirus: US cancels visa appointments in Nigeria

- The United States embassy in Nigeria has cancelled all visa appointments in the country

- The embassy said the visa services will resume as soon as possible but it cannot provide a specific date at the moment

- Though the US embassy did not state the reason for the visa cancellation, the Nigerian government has imposed travel restriction on the US and other countries amid coronavirus spread

The United States embassy in Abuja and the consulate office in Lagos has cancelled immigrant and non-immigrant visa appointments in the country.

The embassy disclosed this in a tweet via its official Twitter handle, USEmbassyAbuja, on Wednesday, March 18, saying the visa services will resume as soon as possible.

"The MRV fee is valid & may be used for a visa application within 1 year of date of payment," the embassy added.

Legit.ng also notes that in another version of the statement posted on its website, the US embassy said it cannot provide a specific date for the resumption of the visa services at the moment.

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Though the US embassy did not state the reason for the visa cancellation, Legit.ng notes that the Nigerian government has imposed travel restriction on the US, UK, China, Italy and other coronavirus high-risk countries.

The restriction was put in place following the unending coronavirus pandemic facing the country.

The affected countries also include Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, USA, Norway, UK, Netherlands and Switzerland.

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Many Nigerians who reacted to the news on social media supported the restriction move by the federal government.

Others claimed the FG should have restricted the movement from these countries a long time ago. According to them, European countries have closed their borders as well.

In another report, President Donald Trump has announced that travellers from mainland Europe will be barred from entering the US.

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The ban will be effective for 30-days amid fears of the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking during the announcement, Trump commented amid signs of a crisis in Europe: "This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history."

The ban, according to Trump, came into effect at midnight on Friday, March 13, and did not include Britain.

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