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An american citizen is trying to leave nigeria and is told they need 2,700 for a BTA Basic Travel Allowance?

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Passport is valid but the airport manager is trying to collect the money. the person is coming to the united states. And of course missed their flight yesterday. Who can this person contact over there with authority the police, american embassey or any other suggestions?
Update
Curtesy of klm airlines the flight has been reschueled and her fanily is giving here the money that she needs to travel.The airline supervisor also comfirmed that a BTA is common?


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4 comments to “An american citizen is trying to leave nigeria and is told they need 2,700 for a BTA Basic Travel Allowance?”

  1. this is a scam. there is no such thing as a BTA. look up 419 scams from nigeria. that one is like number 2 on the list. i have been hit up by these scammers. i really doubt that they are american to begin with. and if any american gets in trouble in any country, they can go to the u.s. embassy for help.

  2. Actually, there is such a thing as Business Travel Allowance.

    Between the Nigerian Government and Foreign embassies, they’ve managed to come up with this contraption called BTA (business) or PTA (personal). It is a minimum amount of money required by Nigerians going on holiday or business before they travel. You have to show proof that you have $2000 (personal) or $2700 (business) before leaving the country. This “ensures” that you won’t arrive your destination and try and skive off the government.

    That being said, YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO GIVE ANYONE ANY MONEY at the airport. As long as you’re not paying custom duties, you don’t have to pay anything to anyone claiming to be a customs officer or any other damn thing.

    If your friend is truly an American citizen, he shouldn’t have people asking for any BTA, ETA, PTA or any other TA! If he has any problems, he should take the person’s name, and threaten to take them to the American Embassy and the EFCC. That should calm them down.

  3. There is no such thing as a BTA for anyone leaving Nigeria. I lived there for 3 years, and was never asked for a penny. Nigerian friends of mine have also visited many times (recently) and never needed anything of the sort.

  4. The person should report the matter to the American Embassy who are in a better position to take the matter up with the Airport Authority.

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