Juba airport police told to thwart illegal entries

Juba airport police told to thwart illegal entries
Eastern part of Juba International Airport terminal (photo credit: courtesy)

The immigration authority has warned its officers against granting entry to foreign nationals with no travel documents at the Juba International Airport.

Director-General of Immigration Nationality and Passport Lt Gen. Atem Marol Biar told the police to be vigilant enough and report anybody entering the country without valid travel documents.

 He said those without documents should be treated as criminals.

 “Anybody without travel documents should be [repatriated] because if you allow them they will not go back,” Lt Gen. Marol.

He made the statement on Tuesday while addressing the officers at Juba International Airport during the monthly briefing.

“We don’t deny people from entering South Sudan but we want people who are coming here [to be able] contribute to the development of this country,” Gen Marol said.

The immigration boss then cautioned the police officers against accepting a bribe from some such individuals, emphasizing that any induction is a criminal offense.

“National security and immigration officers have the same duties but [the] only difference is their allocation of duties. You need to be vigilant enough,” he said. 

 He urged the immigration officers to use the theories of silent search operation on undocumented foreigners in a polite manner to avoid confrontations with them.

Gen. Marol said the aim of the silent search was for security, adding the majority of foreigners living in South Sudan are not documented.

He said his office has identified some of the areas where foreigners often easily enter without legal immigration documents.

Gen. Marol said there were underway plans to establish immigration offices to regulate entry in those areas.