Nigerians are now required to have a minimum of $1000 (N362000) in cash before visiting another country.
The purported new rules was made known by Olumide Babalola Esq. in a series of tweets on his official twitter handle.
Babalola disclosed that he was confronted by the men of the Nigerian Immigration Service with a document titled “General Travel Requirements” on his way out of the country with his family.
He said, “I was confronted by your men at the airport yesterday with a document titled “General Travel requirements” which mandates every Nigerian visiting another country to have a minimum of $1k as Basic Travel Allowance.”
Good morning @nigimmigration @NigImmigServ, I was confronted by your men at the airport yesterday with a document titled “General Travel requirements” which mandates every Nigerian visiting another country to have a minimum of $1k as Basic Travel Allowance.
— Olumide Babalola, Esq (@EsqOlumide) August 10, 2019
I think such a requirement overlooks the current economic situation of the country. Meaning I can’t travel without N350k cash on me. The requirement doesn’t even allow credit card. It must be cash.
Please can you confirm if this is a regulation or just an administrative procedure. Whichever it is, I feel such restrictive and discriminatory requirement violates constitutional provisions on fundamental rights.
In a Country with N30k as minimum wage, it is very unjustifiable for you to insist Nigerians visiting any other country must carry cash equivalent of over N350k with him/her.
I see this as a subtle move to interfere with Nigerians’ freedom of movement, especially the ones that can’t afford to carry cash equivalent of N350k as Basic Travel Allowance.
I was scandalizes when the immigration officer insisted that I must have such cash equivalent before I could travel with my family.
I intend doing a pre-action Notice to the service if this obnoxious requirement isn’t either disowned or reversed.