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Travellers in the arrival hall of Addis Ababa’s Bole Airport, the biggest hub of air travel in Africa / Photo: Screenshot/GB

Nigeria warns citizens travelling through Ethiopia with cash

Nigeria’s foreign ministry has warned the country’s citizens that if they’re travelling through Ethiopia with undeclared cash in excess of 3,000 US dollars, they could have the cash seized.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform all Nigerian travellers that the Ethiopian Customs and Revenue Authority (ECRA) has recently stepped up seizure of foreign currencies and valuables in excess of $3 000 (three thousand US Dollars) from passengers transiting Ethiopia without prior declaration of such valuables,” the statement signed by Friday W. Akpan, said.

The Ministry therefore urged all prospective Nigerian travellers to please take note of this development and adhere strictly with the rule to avoid undue embarrassment at the airport.

Although there’s technically no legal limit on how much money you can carry on a plane, if you’re travelling internationally through Ethiopia you must declare amounts of more than $3,000 on your customs form, and be prepared for possible interviews with law enforcement to explain the amount of money you’re carrying.

Meanwhile, the Embassy of Nigeria in Addis Ababa is engaging the Ethiopian authorities to secure the release of undeclared monies seized from Nigerians in the past weeks.

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