NIS releases protocols, guidelines on International flights resumption

NIS comptroller Muhammad Babandede has released the guidlines for the resuption of international flights
Ernest Sunday

Mr Muhammad Babandede Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has released the protocols and guidelines for the resumption of international flights.

Muhammad Babandede released the guidelines on Wednesday in Abuja during a virtual meeting with stakeholders to address travel concerns and automation of Travel Work Permit (TWP).

In a statement released by NSI Public Relations Officer, Mr Sunday James he said that the procedure was approved by the government for the resumption of international flights which will start from Saturday, September 5th 2020.

According to James, the flight resumption will only be at Murtala Mohammed International Airports (MMIA) Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airports (NAIA) Abuja as it was earlier approved by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

“All Migrants in Nigeria whose permits expired from 23rd March to 5th September 2020 have an extension, " the statement read.

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

“All Migrants whose permit or visitor’s pass expired before 23rd March 2020 would 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 thirty 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 revalidation.

“This should be done by uploading a copy of the previous payments via not later than 15th September 2020.

“All migrants who obtained Visa on Arrival Pre-approval Letters and other categories of visas from the Nigerian Missions before 23rd March 2020, whose approvals/visas expired before 5th September 2020 are also to apply for revalidation.

“This is without fresh payments but by uploading copies of the expired pre-approval letters/visas via not later than 15th September 2020, ” he said.

“These two International Airports, MMIA and NAIA are to commence issuance of visas in line with Nigeria Visa Policy 2020 with effect from the period of the opening of the designated Airports.

“Any violation will attract penalties, ” he said.

According to NAN, the NIS hosted over 100 business stakeholders in the virtual meeting where issues of travel restriction concern during COVID-19, were addressed.

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