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Nigerians, Indians, others visiting El Salvador to pay $1,000

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El Salvador has implemented a $1,000 fee for passengers traveling from Nigeria, Africa, or India, with the goal of deterring migration to the United States via Central America.

The fee, effective from October 23, requires individuals holding passports from India or more than 50 African countries to pay the new fee.

The authorities claimed that the funds would be used to improve El Salvador’s primary international airport, which has seen increased usage.

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The port authority stated, “The Government of President Nayib Bukele is working hard on modernization and expansion projects at the El Salvador International Airport, to provide a first-class service to all users and passengers who circulate through the air terminal.

“There is an increase in the number of passengers entering, leaving and connecting at the airport, compared to previous years.”

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In response to the increased utilization of the airport, airlines are now mandated to provide daily information to Salvadoran authorities about passengers originating from a list of 57 countries in Africa, including Nigeria and India.

Notably, the US Customs and Border Patrol reported encountering a record-breaking 3.2 million migrants across the country during the fiscal year 2023, which concluded in September.

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Many migrants from Africa and other regions reach the US by passing Central America.

The additional cost, including VAT, amounts to $1,130 for travelers from the affected countries.

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