A Nigerian girl, recognized as Pamela Adie, has taken to Twitter to warn Nigerians towards visiting Mozambique as she narrated her horrible ordeal with their immigration officers.
She mentioned earlier than her journey, she researched on the nation and found that they concern visa on arrival. Nonetheless, when she obtained to Mozambique after a 22-hour flight, she was instructed that they don’t concern visa on arrival and she or he wanted a letter which might take one month to course of earlier than she might enter the nation.
Sadly, she was placed on the following flight again to Nigeria and not using a cheap clarification regardless of it being on their web site that they concern visa on arrival on Nigerians.
Pamela took to Twitter to share her agitation towards the East African nation and instructed Nigerians to desist from visiting Mozambique as a result of they aren’t pleasant.
Learn her prolonged put up beneath,
“I left Lagos to Mozambique final week. I deliberate to be there for a couple of week and return to Nigeria. As I at all times do earlier than journey, I researched journey & visa necessities. What I discovered for residents of Nigeria is that we are able to get visa on arrival.
The truth is, I couldn’t discover any info on a Mozambican embassy or consulate in Nigeria, which let me to imagine there isn’t any. The logistics officer and journey agent discovered the identical info that I did: “Nigerians get visa on arrival”.
My boss even wrote a letter confirming my employment, together with a return ticket, and lodge reservation affirmation instantly from the lodge. All paid for. I used to be able to go! Properly, that was till I obtained to Mozambique after a 22hr flight time with @flyethiopian
The immigration officer requested for my passport, lodge, and return ticket. I supplied these. Then she requested me for my visa. I didn’t perceive why she was asking for that when every thing we searched mentioned “visa on arrival”. She insisted that sure I’ll get visa on arrival however I must present a a call for participation.
I requested the place/who the letter was to return from. She mentioned it has to return from the Mozambican embassy in my nation inviting me. Her English wasn’t actually nice so I usually requested her to repeat her questions, which I believe angered her.
However nowhere did it state that. With all our analysis, we didn’t see that info anyplace. So I instructed her that. She insisted that I would like the letter in any other case, I couldn’t enter. So I requested if there was an handle she might present; she didn’t. I requested if there’s a web site that reveals this requirement. She didn’t. So how was I to seek out this info if she couldn’t present me. She then confirmed me a pattern of the letter, which I couldn’t perceive as a result of it was in Portuguese. That’s all she did. Subsequent factor, she put my passport apart and requested me to attend.
I requested her what I used to be ready for, she angrily simply mentioned “wait!”. So I stepped apart. After a couple of minutes, a person appeared. Took my passport and requested me for a similar letter. His English was higher so we communicated. I defined the identical factor once more; “all info on-line says “visa on arrival”. He mentioned yeah, that’s why I ought to have requested somebody who has been to Mozambique earlier than comingFlushed face. For a rustic attempting to advertise tourism, that’s a shitty factor to say and an excellent shittier journey coverage. What occurs to individuals like me who know nobody like that?
He mentioned he’s sorry, however that’s their coverage. I requested what might be executed, and he mentioned nothing as a result of it takes one month to get this letterFlushed face. And since I don’t have it, I’d have to return to my nation. Similar to that. Then he left with my passport. Got here again a couple of minutes later to ask if I had any baggage. I mentioned sure; one suitcase. This was once I knew issues have been getting critical.
I requested the girl once more if there was something I might do to unravel the issue. She didn’t reply and even take a look at me. However she took footage of my passport web page, RT ticket, Resort reservation, and COVID take a look at end result..together with her cellphone. I don’t know if she despatched it to somebody, however once I peeped at her cellphone, it regarded like a WhatsApp message. Then she saved her cellphone down for about quarter-hour and checked once more. Then known as one other employees.
That individual escorted me to get my baggage. I nonetheless requested her if there was something I might do, she mentioned that’s their coverage and I can’t enter if I don’t have this letter. So, there I used to be, within the airport, no web, no means of reaching the surface world, and no info on how one can resolve this drawback. I requested if I can use anyones cellphone to let my individuals ready for me know what was occurring. They simply requested me to comply with them.
We entered a ready corridor, that was when an officer from the airline appeared and gave me a brand new boarding cross. I checked out it and it was an financial system class ticket. I instructed him I traveled enterprise class, so why was I given an financial system class ticket. He mentioned I didn’t have a selection within the matter, he instructed me that my passport might be returned to me once I arrive Lagos, like I used to be some form of prison.
The aircraft I got here in was about to return, and I used to be to get on it. However I didn’t wish to go away with out letting anybody know what occurred. So one of many officers agreed to let me use his cellphone. I known as somebody in Mozambique to allow them to know and to let my boss know.
Then they escorted me to the aircraft. The flight attendant noticed me and requested what occurred, I instructed her and once I confirmed her my new financial system class boarding cross, she requested me choose any Enterprise Class seat I like. That was the silver lining in my ordeal.
I used to be so touched by the kindness as a result of she didn’t must. However she might see my disappointment, disappointment, and anger, and possibly thought to make it a bit extra manageable for me. So, I resolved that at any time when I can, I’ll fly
When obtained again to Addis, I wasn’t allowed to depart the airport cuz they wouldn’t launch my passport. Regardless of the 12hr layover, they made me sleep on a metallic chair within the airport over night time. Such inhumane therapy for somebody who isn’t a fugitive. That was so pointless.
That was how I retuned after a pointless journey over 3 days. Now, I don’t know if this was private, or if that is the therapy they provide Nigerians or something like that. I don’t know. But it surely’s unfair and unwise to have a coverage that folks discover out about AFTER they’ve arrived or by being fortunate sufficient to know somebody who has traveled there earlier than and is aware of of their coverage. That is such a diplomatic failure and a really poor tourism coverage. As I sort this, I haven’t been capable of finding a twitter deal with for the Mozambican authorities.
Such info shouldn’t be one thing solely a privileged few have, until they’re deliberately not making info public to stop sure unsuspecting individuals from coming into their nation. It makes completely no sense.
Because it stands now, if I wished to go to #Mozambique once more, I don’t know how one can proceed or how one can get that letter. Think about the variety of individuals like who they’ve turned again. Think about if my life relied on making this journey, or I deliberate to go elsewhere after #Maputo. Hmmm
Anyway, I want I might offer you info on how one can forestall this from occurring to you, however I can’t and that’s essentially the most irritating factor about all of this. All I can say for now’s, don’t go to #Mozambique. They aren’t pleasant in any respect…not less than to not individuals like me.
The worst half is that I don’t know the place to file my criticism for this injustice meted on me. What I’ve now’s social media to sound the alarm and to warn others who would possibly wish to go to their godforsaken nation. #Mozambique”
I left Lagos to Mozambique final week. I deliberate to be there for a couple of week and return to Nigeria. As I at all times do earlier than journey, I researched journey & visa necessities. What I discovered for residents of Nigeria is that we are able to get visa on arrival.
— Pamela Adie (@pamelaadie) January 23, 2022
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