Foreign travellers without Covid-19 test certificates will have their visas revoked – NIS

The Nigeria Immigration Service has warned that foreign travellers who failed to present their COVID-19 test certificates on arrival in the country will have their visas revoked.

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammed Babandede gave the warning while speaking at the weekly briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Tuesday January 5.

Babandede assured Nigerians that the 100 travellers under a travel ban for flouting the mandatory seven-day post-arrival COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction test cannot obtain fresh passports or compromise the NIS officers as the system was automated and cannot be bypassed or manipulated.

He said; “The public health is a big issue in the country and so based on that directives, we have complied by blocking 100 passports from travelling, which means, even if they go to the police and declare those passports missing, they cannot be reissued anywhere in the world and they cannot cross our national borders until the period of six months or communication received from the right authorities stating that they have complied.

“This will also include non-Nigerians; we have the powers to revoke visas, even the comptroller-general has the power to revoke visas.“

Babandede said every visitor must have a Covid-19 test result. He also mentioned that some people under travel restrictions were calling him but he told them to comply with regulations.

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