Tuesday, September 08, 2020 / 10:40AM / Deloitte /
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Following the resumption of international
flights in Nigeria, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has issued the
following guidelines for visa revalidation and migrant travels affected by the
suspension of international flights and closure of airspace:
- All migrants in Nigeria, whose Permit expired
between 23 March 2020 to 05 September 2020, upon presentation of confirmed
return tickets, will be granted a free extension to enable them to depart the
country on, or before 15 September 2020.
- All migrants in Nigeria, whose Permit or Visitors' pass expired before 23 March 2020 will pay overstay penalty for the number of
days stayed before the suspension of international flights and border closure,
which commenced on 23 March 2020.
- All resident migrants whose residence permits
expired, while outside the country from 23 March 2020 shall be allowed entry
into Nigeria with the expired permit on or before 25 September 2020. These
returning migrants are to renew their residence permit within thirty (30) days
of their arrival in Nigeria to avoid sanctions under the relevant Immigration laws.
- All migrants who processed payments for Visa on
Arrival (VoA) and other categories of visas from the Nigerian Missions before
23 March 2020 are to apply for revalidation. This should be done by sending a
copy of the previous payments to firstname.lastname@example.org, not later than 15 September 2020.
- All migrants who obtained VoA pre-approval Letters
and other categories of visas from the Nigerian Missions before 23 March 2020,
whose approvals/visas expired before 05 September 2020, are to also apply for
revalidation. The revalidation process requires that copies of the expired
pre-approval letters/visas be sent to email@example.com, not later than 15 September 2020. These categories of migrants will
not be required to make fresh payments.
- VoA and e-Visa payment portals have been activated
to enable intending migrants to Nigeria process entry visas as from 05
- Migrants who have obtained Temporary Work Permit
(TWP) approval addressed to Missions that are closed for visa issuance should
submit a complaint through firstname.lastname@example.org. The NIS, upon receipt of the complaint, will revert with appropriate
options for visa issuance.
While on the portal, passengers are required to
complete the 'Health Declaration/Self-Reporting' form, upload COVID-19
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test conducted in the country of departure and
make payment for a repeat PCR test to be done upon arrival in Nigeria, with the
options of where and when to carry out the test.
The clarification provided by the guidelines is
indeed very useful to mobility managers and intending travellers. Strict adherence
to the guidelines will prevent circumstances that may warrant deportation.
This post first appeared on the Deloitte Blog HERE
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