The Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, has advised that every traveler through the Nigerian International Airports must be subjected to clearance by the NIS officials in person.
According to a release by the NIS and in line with the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) guidelines on international travel, all persons crossing Nigeria’s international border are to comply with the procedures on passenger clearance as contained in the Immigration Act, 2015 and Immigration Regulation 2017.
Sunday James, Service Public Relations Officer explained that in strict compliance with The Introduction of Migration Information Data Analysis System (MIDAS) in clearance of passenger, it has become necessary for passengers to undergo the four procedures for clearance.
These are, Appearance before an Immigration Officer at Immigration Counter in person, Submission of National Passport and other relevant documents the Officer might request, Presenting self to Immigration for biometric capture and provide demographic information and When a passenger is travelling with a minor, he/she is expected to present the minor to immigration for documentation.
Going by these developments, all departing passengers must present themselves for clearance two (2) hours before departure of the aircraft.
This will discourage attitude of some passengers arriving the Immigration Counter late.
The NIS noted that after Immigration clearance, a passenger is deemed admitted or departed Nigerian territory, meaning that no passenger will be allowed to leave the Immigration Control Area after departure clearance.