$90 Visa-On-Arrival: Immigration Explains Motive For New Charge On Foreigners
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has cleared the air on the collection of $90 biometric Visa-On-Arrival policy it introduced about two weeks ago.
The service said it has suspended the charge indefinitely due to outcry of air travelers who insisted they are unaware of the new policy.
There were reports last Monday that the command introduced the $90 biometrics visa on arrival and additional $20 as processing fee for foreigners who were entering the country despite the fact that they had already paid for visas from their respective countries.
The report also claimed that the introduction of the charges caused chaos at the terminal as some of the passengers were delayed on arrival at the airport.
But a source close to the NIS at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) told Bounce News on Wednesday that there was nothing like chaos at the airport on Monday.
The source noted that biometrics, which came on stream on June 12, was only implemented for two days, but was suspended following complaints from some of the travelers.
He added that the queue on Monday were people queuing up at the airport to get their visas because Nigeria has now adopted ‘Visa Issuance on Arrival’ Policy.
“It is true that we commenced the collection of biometric charges for travellerss, but the policy was suspended within two days because of inadequate publicity.
“The suspension of the new policy was approved by the Comptroller-General of the NIS, Muhammed Babandede, to enable issues relating to the payments to be resolved."
The source, however, said the new charge is illegal as it is reciprocal.
“Some of the countries Nigeria intends to impose the new charges on are already collecting same charges from Nigerian travellers coming into their countries.
He listed some of the countries to include United Kingdom, United States of America, South Africa, Kenya and China.[VIDEO] Nigeria Vs Iceland | See How Nigerians Reacted To World Cup Win