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Old Oct 22, 12, 9:47 am
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Visa while in transit?

I recently had a disastrous journey from IAH-LOS-ACC in which we almost didn't make it on the plane in Houston because we didn't have Nigerian visas. I had personally made this trip a month before, and had employees fly it 10 days before, and it had never been a problem before. Can someone please confirm the correct policy here?

If my ongoing airline (Arik air) is not a partner of United, do I truly HAVE to have a visa just to transit Lagos? Thanks.
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Old Oct 22, 12, 10:00 am
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Apparently you don't need a visa for a layover of <24hrs, there are a few threads on this already eg: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/conti...f-you-can.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trave...n-layover.html
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Old Oct 22, 12, 12:42 pm
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Nigeria visa policy is a moving goalpost subject to random interpretation on the day of departure.

Official policy is that TWOV is permitted, but try convincing a self-righteous Nigerian official about that. A note from Benjamin Franklin often helps.

Don't stress yourself over it. Que sera sera.

PS. If you're in Accra, drop me a PM and I'd be happy to meet up for a beer!
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Old Oct 22, 12, 1:23 pm
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Thanks

Thanks for the replies. Here's my issue: United officials wouldn't even let me check luggage or almost even get on the plane the last time I tried this. So dealing with Nigerian side (with help from Ben Franklin even) is not my issue. It's being allowed on the flight on the first place without having a Nigerian visa.
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Old Oct 22, 12, 1:49 pm
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TWOV (Transit Without Visa):
Visa required, except for Holders of confirmed onward tickets

for a max. transit For details, click here time of 24 hours.



go to this link, and print the whole thing that comes out when you input, nationality/connecting/destination

http://www.united.com/web/en-US/apps...t/default.aspx
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Old Oct 22, 12, 1:57 pm
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I believe this is what I needed. Thanks!
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Old Oct 22, 12, 2:48 pm
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Originally Posted by cfield View Post
I recently had a disastrous journey from IAH-LOS-ACC in which we almost didn't make it on the plane in Houston because we didn't have Nigerian visas. I had personally made this trip a month before, and had employees fly it 10 days before, and it had never been a problem before. Can someone please confirm the correct policy here?

If my ongoing airline (Arik air) is not a partner of United, do I truly HAVE to have a visa just to transit Lagos? Thanks.
Did the other employees have any checked baggage?

A transit would require for the baggage to be checked-through (which UA cannot do to W3):

[KVS Availability Tool 7.0.7.R3/Diamond - TIMATIC: Expert Mode: TIRULES/R32]
Code:
R32) TWOV
     ....

Transit Without Visa (TWOV): Passing through an international
transit area of the airport in order to board a connecting (or
to proceed by the same) flight, without entering the country
(i.e. clearing immigration).
Unless stated otherwise, passengers wishing to TWOV must:
- be en-route to a third country (e.g. itinerary TYO-LON-TYO
is not considered TWOV);
- prove that they will continue their journey within the
prescribed period (e.g. hold onward tickets); 
- have documents required for entry into the country of
destination and for transit through countries en-route;
- remain in the transit area (airside) or on the aircraft.

Baggage belonging to TWOV passengers must be checked through
to their final destination.

TWOV is not intended for those holding stand-by tickets, e.g.
airline staff or other passengers travelling on industry
discount. 


CHECK [[TINEWS/N1]] - USA: CHINESE TAIPEI WILL JOIN THE V.W.P.

22 Oct 2012 / 21:47 [UTC]
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Old Oct 24, 12, 3:41 pm
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Nigeria visa on arrival

Anyone know if it is possible to get a visa on arrival for a us citizen? they are currently in the middle east and flying to nigeria.

Originally Posted by B747-437B View Post
Nigeria visa policy is a moving goalpost subject to random interpretation on the day of departure.

Official policy is that TWOV is permitted, but try convincing a self-righteous Nigerian official about that. A note from Benjamin Franklin often helps.

Don't stress yourself over it. Que sera sera.

PS. If you're in Accra, drop me a PM and I'd be happy to meet up for a beer!
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