NIS Issues Entry Guidelines Ahead of September 5 International Flights Resumption

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NIS Issues Entry Guidelines Ahead of September 5 International Flights Resumption
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The Comptroller General, Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandele has disclosed guidelines for immigrants ahead of resumption of international flights and visa payment.

The NIS boss stated this during a remote meeting with relevant stakeholders to look into travel concerns and automation of Travel Work Permit on Wednesday in Abuja, Punch reports.

Public Relations Officer of NIS, Sunday James in a communique Stated the adopted procedures took note of Federal Government’s guidelines for the resumption of international flight operations from September 5.

Babandede identified Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, as airports approved by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola for the implementation.

He went on to list the procedures as follows;

“All migrants in Nigeria whose permits expired from 23rd March to 5th September, 2020 have extension.

“All migrants with evidence of confirmed return tickets scheduled to travel out of the country were to be issued free extensions to enable them depart on or before 15th September, 2020.

“All migrants whose permit or visitor’s pass expired before 23rd March, 2020 will pay overstay penalty for the number of days stayed before the lockdown on 23rd March, 2020.

“All resident migrants whose permits expired outside the country from 23rd March, 2020 shall be allowed entry into Nigeria with the expired permits on or before 25th September, 2020.

“Such returning holders of expired permits and their dependents are to renew the permits within 30 days of arrival to Nigeria to avoid sanctions under relevant Immigration laws.

“All migrants who processed payments for visa-on-arrival and other categories of visas from the Nigerian Missions before 23rd March 2020, are to apply for re-validation.

“This should be done by uploading copy of the previous payments via cis-evisa@immigration.gov.ng not later than 15th September, 2020.

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