Immigration service stops 58 Nigerian doctors from traveling to UK

Immigration service stops 58 Nigerian doctors from traveling to UK

- 58 Nigerian doctors were blocked from traveling to the United Kingdom

- The medical workers were denied departure by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS)

- The immigration service said the doctors did not have a valid visa for entry to their destination

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About fifty-eight Nigerian doctors were on Friday, July 10, stopped by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) from traveling to the United Kingdom.

It was reported that the doctors had concluded plans to leave via a chartered flight from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos for a training programme in London.

However, the immigration service in a tweet explained that the flight was blocked because the doctors had no entry visas to the United Kingdom.

From the tweets, NIS further said a valid visa is a basic requirement for international travels according to Section 17 of the Immigration Act, 2015.

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Immigration service stops 58 Nigerian doctors from traveling to UK
Immigration service stops 58 Nigerian doctors from traveling to UK
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Earlier, reported that the federal government through the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) released safety protocols passengers are expected to observe at the airports as flights resumed after months of lockdown imposed due to the Covid-19 crisis.

The protocols are contained in a video shared by the airport authority body on Monday, July 6, via its official Twitter handle.

"As we resume flight operation, please remember that your safety and security are important to us. Kindly bear with us, we would announce the date for the international operations very soon," FAAN said in a two-minute video.

In a related development, flight operations were greeted with a low turnout and strict protocols at the domestic airport as operations commenced on Wednesday, July 8.

Flight operations commenced with not less than four airlines flying from the Murtala Mohammed Airport, to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

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The first flight from Lagos departed with 78 passengers by 7:15 am from the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) popularly known as MMA1.

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In other news, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), said the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government paid for the flight tickets of 246 Nigerians repatriated from the country.

Sharing the pleasant news via her Twitter page, the NIDCOM chairman further disclosed that the 246 Nigerians were evacuated from the country on Wednesday, July 8.

She stated that UAE also paid for the test fees, adding that the returnees' flight arrived Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at exactly 3:30.

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