The Indonesian embassy to Nigeria has issued a new directive regarding securing visa to the country which many have suggested is due to the issue of drug smuggling into the country.

Indonesia which has a death penalty punishment against drug smuggling announced on Tuesday, December 20 that henceforth their embassy in Nigeria will only be receiving visa application which will be sent to Jakarta, the country capital, for processing.

NAN reports that Harry Purwanto who is the Indonesian ambassador to Nigeria did not give any reason for the new development bust said visa processing will now take a longer time.

He said: “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“Under the new policy, we as an Embassy in Nigeria have been withdrawn from processing visas.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 urged Nigerians to provide authentic documents so that their visas will not be refused.

The ambassador noted that 1,000 Nigerians were issued visas to Indonesia this year and said the relationship between the countries will be continue to be fostered.

In 2015, four Nigerians were executed in Indonesia for drug-related crimes in spite of pleas and criticism from Nigeria.