CBN Plans $10,000/Year Limit on Foreign School Fees from BDCs

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) plans to introduce stringent measures on the purchase of foreign currencies through Bureau De Change (BDC) operators, with a specific focus on transactions related to overseas education and medical expenses.

As part of the apex bank’s revised regulatory guidelines for BDCs in Nigeria, there will be a cap on foreign currency purchases for school fees at $10,000 per customer annually.

This process requires the transaction to be conducted through the BDC’s domiciliary account with a Nigerian bank, ensuring direct payment to the educational institution.

It also stipulates that such transactions must be accompanied by a set of documents: a duly filled out e-Form A, proof of admission or course registration, the educational institution’s bill or invoice, and, for postgraduate studies, a copy of the undergraduate degree certificate or an officially verified statement of results.

In addition to educational fee regulations, the CBN is implementing a limit of $5,000 per annum for foreign currency transactions concerning medical bills abroad.

Similar to the educational fee transactions, funds for medical bills will be transferred directly from the BDC’s domiciliary account to the medical facility, supported by comprehensive documentation.

This includes a completed e-Form A, a referral letter from a recognised specialist doctor or hospital in Nigeria, valid travel documents, and a letter from an overseas medical professional detailing the cost of treatment.

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