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Immigration announces entry procedures as international flights resume Sept 5.

NEWSMAN, Abuja – In line with Federal Government’s approval to commence international flight operations from 5th September, 2020, at Murtala Mohammed International Airports Lagos, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airports Abuja, Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Muhammad Babandede says the NIS now has a long-list of procedures for international flights resumption and visa payment.

According to a statement by the NIS Public Relations Officer, Sunday James, Babandede said this during a virtual meeting with stakeholders to address travel concerns and automation of Travel Work Permit on Wednesday in Abuja.

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

He added, “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.

The Immigration Boss also announced the activation of Visa on Arrival and e-Visa payment portals to enable the intending migrants to Nigeria process entry visas as from 5th September 2020.

Adding that in a situation where migrants have obtained a TWP approval and the Mission where such visas are to be issued are closed, they should submit the complaint through cis-evisa@immigration.gov.ng.

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