NIS in­sists on pas­sen­gers’ clear­ance

The Punch - - NEWS - Ade­lani Ade­pegba, Abuja

THE Nige­ria Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice has said per­sons cross­ing the na­tion’s in­ter­na­tional bor­ders must com­ply with the pro­ce­dures on pas­sen­ger clear­ance as con­tained in the Im­mi­gra­tion Act, 2015 and Im­mi­gra­tion Reg­u­la­tion, 2017.

This, it said, was in line with the Fed­eral Air­port Au­thor­ity of Nige­ria guide­lines on in­ter­na­tional travel.

The NIS spokesman,

DCI Sun­day James, said in a state­ment in Abuja on Tues­day, that the in­tro­duc­tion of Mi­gra­tion In­for­ma­tion Data Anal­y­sis Sys­tem in the clear­ance of pas­sen­gers had made it nec­es­sary for air­port pas­sen­gers to un­dergo cer­tain clear­ance pro­ce­dures.

The state­ment read, “When a pas­sen­ger is trav­el­ling with a mi­nor, he/ she is ex­pected to present the mi­nor to im­mi­gra­tion for doc­u­men­ta­tion.

“In view of the above, it is manda­tory for all de­part­ing pas­sen­gers to present them­selves for clear­ance two hours be­fore departure of the air­craft.

“The at­ti­tude of some pas­sen­gers ar­riv­ing at the im­mi­gra­tion counter late will not be ac­cepted.”

The ser­vice said a pas­sen­ger was deemed to have de­parted Nige­rian ter­ri­tory af­ter im­mi­gra­tion clear­ance, stress­ing that no pas­sen­ger would be al­lowed to leave the im­mi­gra­tion con­trol area af­ter the departure clear­ance.

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