US cautions citizens travelling to Nigeria for Christmas holidays

US cautions citizens travelling to Nigeria for Christmas holidays

- The United States issued a warning to American citizens on the risks of travelling to Nigeria

- The American embassy warned that insecurity may increase during the holiday period

- The warning was issued in a security alert shared by the embassy on Wednesday, December 16

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As the Christmas holidays are fast approaching, the United States has again asked its citizens to exercise caution while residing or travelling to Nigeria. gathered that the American Embassy revealed this in a new security alert posted on its website on Wednesday, December 16.

In the security alert published, the US warned its citizens that during the holiday period issues of insecurity ranging from petty street crime to carjacking may increase in the West African country.

US cautions citizens travelling to Nigeria for Christmas holidays
The United States has cautioned its citizens travelling to Nigeria for the Christmas holidays. Photo credit: Alex Wong
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The statement also highlighted several places such as clubs, restaurants, shopping mall, religious centres, transport hubs as likely areas for terrorists to target.

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American citizens were further told to be also wary as westerners are targeted in such areas as they frequent those public places.

The statement added that criminal and other elements often infiltrate large gatherings.

The embassy and consulate advised Americans to keep a low profile, review their personal security plans, and to avoid large gatherings and protests.

Meanwhile, reported that the US government has tightened its rules on tourist and business visas for 15 African countries, excluding Nigeria.

The US Department of State says the requirement will be implemented on a temporary basis for a period of six months between December and June as a pilot scheme to test run the policy.

In total, 23 countries will be affected by the new policy. It is envisaged that the move will serve as a deterrent to visitors overstaying visas given the prospective penalty of forfeiting the money.

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In a related development, Nigerians will no longer pay reciprocity fee when applying for American visas following its removal by the United States, the federal government has announced.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed this through its spokesman, Ferdinand Nwonye, on Saturday, December 5, adding that the removal took effect from Thursday, December 3.

The ministry explained that the development was sequel to the removal of excess visa application, processing and biometric fees for US citizens applying for Nigerian visas.

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