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TOP THINGS TO DO WHILE VISITING BOTSWANA FOR A WEEKEND

Africa provides magnificent sceneries and attractive sights that capture the eyes and blow the mind. These sights will leave you spellbound and even more hungry for an experience in the beautiful countries in Africa. Botswana is one of those must-visit African countries with unique landscapes and exotic wildlife. If you are in Botswana this weekend or plan to visit the country anytime, here are some of the top things you shouldn’t fail to do while in Botswana.

TOP THINGS TO DO WHILE VISITING BOTSWANA FOR A WEEKEND

A Visit to Francistown

A stroll through the beautiful streets of the oldest town in Botswana will leave you planning your second trip back to Botswana. Francistown, the second-largest city after Gaborone was built around the local gold mining business. So while taking that rejuvenating stroll through Francistown, be sure to visit the ‘Birds and Game Botswana.’ It is a spot for orphaned wild animals. Even though you are emotional at the moment, this spot is the perfect spot to experience nature’s beauty at its peak. Another sight in this town you should make sure to visit is the SupaNgwao Museum. This exquisite Museum offers a thrilling glimpse of exhibits that showcase the lifestyle and cultural heritage of the Kalanga people. You will also witness the economy’s super boom, which resulted from the resurgence of gold mining in Francistown. And hey, do not leave your camera behind while on the stroll.

Meet the Bushmen

The vast arid land of Botswana has harbored the oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa known as the San people, also called Bushmen, for more than 20,000 years. The San people have traveled through every part of Botswana, and so they know an incredible lot about the land. They pass this knowledge down to their young ones who do the same, thereby preserving the experiences and knowledge of the land. The Bushmen are the best guides you can have on your weekend tours in Botswana as they know and can tell you about the wonderful sights you will behold. A day out with the Bushmen guides will leave you with an unforgettable experience. You will experience the extraction of underground water from a deep underground reservoir, setting guinea fowl traps, sniffing out animal tracks, etc.

Do you know why having a bushman by your side will be so much fun? You won’t just see it happen; you will learn to do them yourself.

Meet with the King of the Desert

Kings can live in the desert, too, except that this king is the Kalahari Lion – one of the prides of Africa. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is a home to different species of animals. You would meet with the ostrich, hyenas, and some springbok might grace the occasion if you are lucky. But they are nothing like the king of the desert.

Don’t be surprised if you hear the thundering roars of the Kalahari Lions in the desert before you can get to see them. Kalahari Lions are loud. They keep the desert alive in the evenings with their roars. Where is the adventure in looking out for a lion, you might ask? The adventure is in finding at least one Kalahari Lion while riding on the back of a horse led by the Bushmen guides. These magnificent beasts are elusive animals and so might taunt you with their roars for some time before showing up. But a close-up encounter will leave you with lots of thrilling stories to share.

Ride a Mokoro across the Okavango Delta

Mokoro Safaris are dugout canoes that have no engine noise and are perfect for bird watching and sightseeing while gliding across the Okavango’s surface.

Imagine taking a slow, stealth ride on the vast water trails of the Okavango past beautiful water lilies that gleam in the sun overlooked creatures you never believed existed, and thirsty elephants lapping water into their mouths at the water’s edge. Some thrilling experience that is, Right? Riding in a mokoro safari not only exposes you to a close-up experience of the culture and lifestyle of the San people; it is also the best silent and slow way to seek out wildlife. If you are in luck, your guides could take you fishing, plant-gathering, or hunting in the mokoro. This wild treat might be that icing on the cake for your weekend adventure in lovely Botswana.

A Visit to Gaborone

Who leaves Botswana without exploring the largest city in Botswana, which also happens to be its Capital? Nobody! Gaborone offers its visitors an amazing sight with modern buildings unusually situated in the middle of a tropical landscape. Gaborone brings with it a fancy selection of hotels and restaurants, therefore, offering a traditionally tinged insight of the 21st-Century Vibe of Botswana.

Conclusively, once your to-do list for the weekend is packed with these incredible experiences, then you are just on your way to having one of the most thrilling adventures of your lifetime. Get your traveling bags packed, book your cheap flights from Travel Beta, and be on the next flight to Botswana.

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SCHENGEN COUNTRIES AND THEIR VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR NIGERIANS

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 SCHENGEN COUNTRIES AND THEIR VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR NIGERIANS

If you’ve ever tried to apply for a visa to visit Europe, you must have come across the word “Schengen” at some time during your research. This begs three questions. First, where exactly is the Schengen area? Why do you need a Schengen visa to visit Europe and how do you apply?

The Schengen area marks a region where twenty-six (26) European countries dissolved their internal borders for people to move freely and unhindered in consonance with normal directives for managing external borders and fighting criminality by reinforcing the judicial system and police cooperation.

The Schengen area covers Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. All these countries are located in Europe from which twenty-two (22) are members of the European Union (EU) and four (4) are non-European Union members. The 4 countries are Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein. They are known as associate members of the Schengen area but are not members of the European Union.

Think of holidays spent on train rides moving from one part of Europe to another without stress. That is going to get an ice-cream at France on a Monday, taking a boat trip to Polignano a mare in Italy on Tuesday and before the end of the week, you might have touched maybe five European countries, all these are possible with just one visa, the Schengen visa.

A Schengen visa which is also known as the Europe visa allows qualified individuals to travel freely within the twenty-six countries that make up the Schengen area. This means people traveling to Europe will not be put through border checks at internal Schengen borders and you can comfortably take a short flight or train to move between European countries. There are different types of Schengen visas such as Schengen airport transit visas (for those traveling through one of the countries in Schengen area), Schengen travel visa and so many others.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF SCHENGEN VISAS

Uniform Schengen visa:

Type A: This is known as the airport transit visa and it is required when traveling through an airport located within the Schengen area. This visa allows the holder to wait for a connecting flight from one non-Schengen country to another in the international transit area of a Schengen-located airport. It does not allow you to leave the airport or enter Schengen territory for any reason.

Type C: This is also known as a short-stay or travel visa. This is the visa travelers many travellers refer to when they mention a Schengen visa. It is issued for tourism, sporting events, cultural events, medical purposes, business, and visits to relatives. It gives holders access to more than one Schengen country for up to ninety days in six months. The visa could be obtained for single entry, double-entry, or multiple entries.

Limited territorial visa: This visa allows the holder to only travel within the country/countries that the visa has been issued to. This type of visa is issued in special/emergency cases as humanitarian reasons. It can be applied as a transit or short-stay visa but its duration may vary.

Long-stay visas: You will need a long-stay visa or residence permit if you plan to visit a Schengen country for more than 90 days. Your reasons for visit could vary from reuniting with family living in one of the Schengen countries to being granted job offers in the Schengen area. Long stay visas are issued by each Schengen country. Some countries will require you to obtain a long-stay visa before you travel and a residence permit when you arrive while some countries do not offer long-stay visas at all.

TYPES OF VISA ENTRIES

Single entry: A single-entry Schengen visa allows you to enter the Schengen area only once in the 180-day period in which your visa is valid. It is usually indicated on your visa sticker like this: “number of entries 1”.

Double-entry: A double-entry Schengen visa allows you to enter the Schengen area up to two times in the 180-day period in which your visa is valid. It is usually indicated on your visa sticker like this: “number of entries 2”

Multi-entry: A multi-entry Schengen visa allows you to enter the Schengen area many times in the period in which your visa is valid. It usually indicated on your visa sticker like this: “number of entries MULT”

  • Before you are granted a multiple entry Schengen visa, you must meet the following demand:
  • Proof of Justification of your reasons for traveling frequently
  • Provide proof of your economic status in your country of origin
  • Proof of integrity and reliability- you have to present proof of lawful use of previous uniform visas with limited territorial validity
  • Genuine intentions to leave the Schengen territory before the expiration of the visa you have applied for.

VALIDITY OF SCHENGEN VISAS

Schengen visas are valid for 90 days of travel in the Schengen area for six months (180 days) from the day it was issued.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR SCHENGEN VISA PROCESSING

It is necessary to know the required documents for the visa processing and gather them before beginning the visa application; this is to avoid unnecessary delays. You will need:

  • A completed Schengen application form
  • Valid passport with two empty pages and a full-color copy of data page
  • Two passport photos
  • Bank statements for the last three months
  • Bank details
  • Hotel reservations in the country of your choice
  • Medical insurance
  • Round trip flight reservation
  • Evidence of a need to return to Nigeria like a letter from employer
  • Employment details of the last three months
  • Color copies of all Schengen visas (if any)

You will need to pay for your application immediately and s there are no refunds made if your application is rejected.

WHERE TO APPLY FOR A SCHENGHEN VIS

Firstly, download your Schengen visa application form, print it out and complete it, and then submit to the country that you intend to visit first. If everything goes well, you will be called by the embassy for interview and biometrics.

VFS GLOBAL has been appointed by Schengen embassies to handle and oversee all Schengen visa applications from Nigeria.

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Dubai, the most famous emirate city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a beautiful location and a tourist center with wonderful sights.  It is known for luxury shopping and beautiful architectural structures ranging from the city’s iconic skyscrapers like Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) to the traditional markets, hence the high influx of travellers daily. People often ask they need a visa to visit Dubai. The answer is yes. However, getting a visa to Dubai is pretty simple and without stress which is why thousands of Nigerians troop into this city year in, year out. All you need to have is relevant information on visa requirements.

DUBAI VISA TYPES

For one to start up the Dubai visa application, it is necessary to know the different types of visas and the specific visa you’ll be needing for your travel. There are about five broad visa types and entry permits for Dubai which include:

Transit visa: A transit visa could either be a 48-hour visa or a 96-hour visa. It is valid for 48 hours and 96 hours respectively. It is best for people who plan to stay less than 4 days in the country. They are usually sponsored by airlines based in Dubai and are a non-extendable visa.

Student visa: This is for students who wish to study in universities in UAE. This visa used to be valid for a year and the renewal was obtained annually on showing proof that individuals will be continuing education. However, a new visa has been introduced in November 2018 and is valid for five years.

14 days visit visa: It is a single entry (non-extendable) visa for short term visits. It allows you to stay in UAE for 14days.it is valid for 60 days from the day issued.

30-day tourist visa: This is another non-extendable visa for short term visits. It allows the holder to stay in UAE for up to 30 days. It is valid for 58 days from the date of issue. This visa can only be obtained from tour agents, airlines, or hotels in UAE. They will collect your documents and send them to UAE visa-issuing authorities on your behalf. Most times if you are flying with a UAE based airline, they will sponsor your visa.

90-day visa: This visa is usually for travelers going to Dubai for holidays or to visit friends and family. It allows the holder to stay in UAE for up to 90 days. You can also choose between single entry long term visas and multiple entry long term visas. This visa is valid for 58 days from the date the visa was issued. This visa can be extended twice for 30 days.

DUBAI VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR NIGERIAN CITIZENS

Applications for Dubai visas cannot be made online in Nigeria and as such Dubai visas can only be obtained from Dubai visa agents in Nigeria or from the Dubai embassy in Abuja, Nigeria. When working with travel agents, please ensure they are genuine and reliable to avoid getting duped. The basic requirements for all visa types include:

  • A valid Nigerian passport (valid for at least 6 months after departure)
  • Visa application form
  • Photocopies of ID and passport with white background.
  • Proof of health insurance
  • A copy of your recent bank statement showing that you have enough funds to sustain your stay in Dubai.
  • A copy itinerary (visitors without return ticket might not be granted access at the airport).
  • A proof of hotel reservation.
  • For visitors visiting friends, a letter from the host will be required. The letter should contain contact information of host, address, signature, and date. A copy of their UAE passport information page or residence permit will also be needed.
  • For tourists, a letter from the employer showing that you were granted leave and will be returning to work when you come back will be needed. For travelers that are self -employed, a copy of business registration and tax documents will be required.
  • It is important to note that processing time for Dubai visa is between 2 and 8 days depending on the type of visa you applied for.
  • The cost of Dubai visa in naira could vary from time to time and is dependent on the type of visa you would wish to apply for.

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UK VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR NIGERIAN CITIZENS

The United Kingdom is one of the most famous sovereign states in Europe that comprises Scotland, England, whales, and Northern Ireland. The country’s inhabitants speak English as their official language and the kingdom boasts of thousands of tourist attraction centers that have visitors trooping in annually.

When Nigerian plans to travel to the UK for tourism, business, vacation, or education and they always have to apply for a valid visa first. This article discusses the requirements for UK visa applications for Nigeria passport holders.

There are different kinds of UK visa that allows individuals to be granted entry into the country for certain durations. Visa requirements could differ according to visa types and required visa types depend on the reasons for visiting the country.

UK VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR NIGERIAN CITIZENS

TYPES OF UK VISA

WORK VISA: This is issued to people who work in the UK. The UK work visa can either be tier 2 or tier 5. Tier 2 visas are for people offered skilled jobs in the UK while tier 5 is for individuals working in government authorized exchange, youth mobility scheme, sporting programs, and religious programs. The visa is valid for the length of work programs.

TOURIST AND VISITOR’S VISAS: Since the UK is a well-known tourism destination for shorter and even sometimes longer visits from foreigners, the visitor visas are often granted to people that intend staying less than six months in the UK. Categories of tourist and visiting visas include:

Marriage visitor visa– This is a short-term visa that lets you and your fiancé/fiancée travel to the UK to get married.

Parent of a tier 4 child student visa– This is for parents intending to accompany their child who is under 12 years old to an independent school in the UK.

UK Visitor visa– This is also known as a standard visitor visa. It allows the holder to stay up to six months in the UK. This visa is ideal for tourists, those seeking for medical treatments, and those on professional visits. The standard visa has replaced a family visitor visa, general visitor visa, child visitor visa, business visitor visa, entertainer visitor visa, private medical treatment visitor visa, and prospective entrepreneur visa.

Apart from the general UK visa requirements, visitors will need a letter of invitation from the host, for tourists and businessmen, the travel itinerary will be needed.

For patients travelling to the United Kingdom for treatment, a letter from a doctor or consultant in the UK showing details of health condition, location of treatment, cost, and duration of treatment will be needed. Processing takes 15-90 days.

STUDENT VISAS: These types of visas are issued to foreign students who gained admission to study in educational institutions in the UK. There are three categories in the student visa, they are:

Tier 4 (Child) student visas– This is for foreigners aged 4-17 coming to the UK to study at an independent school in the country.

Tier 4 (general) student visas– This for foreigners over the age of 16 who intend to enroll for studies in the UK. With this visa you can enjoy benefits such as bringing family members to the UK, getting a voluntary job.

Short term study visa– For international students who wish to participate in a temporary program lasting from 6-11 months

Asides the general UK visa requirements, students are required to provide proof of admission into a UK university and proof of funds needed to live and study in the UK. It takes 15-90 days to process the students’ visas.

FAMILY VISAS: This is the kind of visas issued to visit family members of people residing or working in the UK. This visa allows the holder to stay more than six months in the UK as dependents on their family members. The categories are:

UK spouse visa– this for people who want to join their spouse or fiancé in the UK. The spouse residing in the UK must be a British citizen before the application is recognized.

UK parent visa– this for parents who want to join their children in the UK. The child must be a citizen/resident of the United Kingdom.

UK child visa-this is for British citizens who have children staying outside the UK. With the UK child visa, the children can join their parents.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR UK VISA APPLICATION

It is important to note that only two UK visa application options are available for Nigerian applicants. The first option is through Teleperformance( a credible private UK visa registration company) while the second option is through the government website-visa4uk. The general documents are:

  • A UK visa application form obtained online.
  • An international passport was valid for at least 30 days after visa expiration. The passport must have at least two unused pages.
  • Proof of UK visa application fee payment (original receipt)
  • Coloured passport with white background
  • Proof of accommodation: a document showing where you will be accommodated will be required. This could be in the form of a hotel reservation.
  • Detailed travel itinerary
  • Financial documents like bank statements, proof of earnings, or financial document of guardian in the UK that has sufficient resources to financially support you. These documents are to show that you can sustain yourself financially in the UK.

The documents listed above cuts across all UK visa types but certain additional documents could be required for some specific visas. For instance, the work visa will require a letter from your employer outlining reasons for your visit, who you will be meeting, and details of any payment/expenses.

Remember all documents should be submitted in the original form.

STEPS TO TAKE AFTER FILLING APPLICATION FORM

After filling of forms and payment, next is to schedule an appointment with the embassy. On the day of the appointment, the applicant has to carry all documents for submission and biometrics. Then await email notification from the embassy on visa status.

Processing time varies depending on visa type but it takes about 15-90 days for visa processing

The only reasons you could be denied a UK visa are:

  • Insufficient funds for sustenance
  • Criminal record with either your country or the UK
  • Falsified documents submitted
  • False reasons for travelling
  • Refusal to comply with application requirements.
  • Not meeting the English language requirement as English language knowledge might sometimes be tested.

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