Arrival in Port Harcourt
Port Harcourt has an International Airport. Most Shell employees fly into Port Harcourt via Lagos however it is also possible to fly into Port Harcourt via Abuja (the capital). Shell Companies in Nigeria are currently supporting international flights (inbound and outbound) at Port Harcourt on Air France and Lufthansa on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays ONLY. This may change, so please check when making your booking.
There is no time difference from CET.
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At the Airport
New arrivals at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) will be met by Airport Officials commissioned by Shell. The Officials will have your names before hand and will wait outside the arrivals area (after Immigration and luggage). Passengers are then introduced to the Shell Protocol Officers. It is important to note that proof of all Medical Vaccinations must be on hand to show on arrival with you passport. Your Yellow Fever Certificate is essential. You will want to have some one-dollar bills for your trolley and porter service, if you require help with your luggage.
The Shell Protocol Officers will then take over and deal with the airport activity and baggage support coordination, guiding passengers to the right buses, depending on travel/accommodation arrangements already made by the hosts. The Protocol Officer will be recognisable by his Shell security identity card and will be wearing a yellow vest bearing a large Shell sign (Pectin).
The majority of travellers to Port Harcourt will arrive first in Lagos. If however, you arrive too late for the last flight to Port Harcourt, you will be taken to a hotel for the night (on company account), and in the morning, to the domestic airport terminal for the local flight to Port Harcourt. Your Protocol Officer will advise you of bus transit times. You should check when they drop you at the hotel what time the bus will leave in the morning.
Due to the number of travellers arriving at the Airports and transfer of luggage following arrival of numerous flights it is common to experience delays in getting everyone loaded and settled in for transport. For new arrivals and business visitors, your Shell Nigeria host must book the domestic flights and hotel accommodation, for accounting, transport and security tracking.
The domestic flight from Lagos to Port Harcourt takes 1 hour. Shell Protocol Officers at the Lagos domestic terminal will help you to get your boarding pass and check in your luggage. Local flights used by SPDC are approved airlines, which are also patronised by all the major oil and gas companies in Nigeria. There have been tremendous improvements in quality/safety of local carriers in recent years. On arrival in Port Harcourt, there are porters available to help with your luggage. It is recommended to carry one dollar bills for tips. The Port Harcourt Protocol Officers will meet you outside the arrivals area and a Company bus with security escort will take you to the Residential Area.
While visas are being arranged, you should check whether your vaccinations and inoculations need to be updated.
You should arrange your immunization program via the Medical Department in your existing location and they will advise you on the necessary inoculations which are likely to cover:
• Yellow Fever
• Hepatitis A & B
Please ensure that all vaccinations and inoculations are correctly signed, dated and entered on an Immunization Card.
You will need a Certificate of Inoculation against Yellow Fever, which must be administered at a specified period before arrival (check current requirements with your local medical centre). Kindly bring all records of vaccinations and inoculations including children’s routine immunization, as the Medical Centre in Nigeria may require this.