By Philomina Attah
Abuja, Nov. 22, 2022
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Tuesday said that Nigerians in diaspora with expired passport would no longer require visas to visit home.
The Service, however, stated that they must show their expired Nigerian passports to ensure they are truly from Nigeria.
Mr. Tony Akuneme, the NIS Public Relations Officer, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Akuneme was reacting to inquiries about the new visa policy of the Federal Government which said that Nigerians with dual citizenship don’t need visa to visit home.
“The status of the new policy is that Nigerians with dual citizenship are free to come to Nigeria but with their Nigerian passport even if it’s expired.
“You have to show that you are a Nigerian, that is why we say they can come with their expired passports. Dual citizenship means carrying two passports.
“Unlike before when your passport is expired you will not be allowed to come to the country, now we can allow them to travel in with their expired Nigerian passports,” he said.
Akuneme further explained that although the essence was to allow them return home, they will be required to renew the passports before returning to their destinations.
“The whole essence is that when they arrive, they must renew their Nigerian passports before going back,” the NIS spokesman added.