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Nigerian Government Bans Passengers From Three Countries Over Surge In COVID-19 Cases




The Nigerian authorities has mentioned foreigners who lately visited Brazil, India and Turkey shall be denied entry into Nigeria from Tuesday.



In a journey advisory issued on Saturday, the chairman of the presidential steering committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, mentioned the choice was on account of a worldwide surge in COVID-19 instances.

Mustapha, who’s the secretary to the federal government of the federation, said that Nigerians who visited these international locations will endure one-week necessary quarantine at arrival, whereas the passenger will bear the associated fee.


The SGF added that the Nigerian authorities has decreased the validity interval of the pre-boarding COVID-19 PCR check for all Nigeria-bound passengers from 96 to 72 hours.



He mentioned, “The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 has over the previous few weeks been monitoring with concern the growing development of COVID-19 instances in a number of international locations, with extra deal with international locations with excessive incidence, fatality charge and widespread prevalence of variants of concern.


“This interim journey advisory applies to a few (3) international locations within the first occasion. These precautionary measures are a mandatory step to attenuate the danger of a surge in COVID-19 instances launched to Nigeria from different international locations, whereas nationwide response actions proceed.


“The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, after due consideration has due to this fact accepted the implementation of the next measures: Discount of the validity interval of pre-boarding COVID-19 PCR check for all Nigeria-bound passengers from 96hrs to 72 hours. Henceforth PCR check outcomes older than 72hours earlier than departure shall not be accepted.



“Non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil, India or Turkey inside Fourteen (14) days previous journey to Nigeria, shall be denied entry into Nigeria. This regulation, nonetheless, doesn’t apply to passengers who transited by way of these international locations.


“Nigerians and people with everlasting resident allow who visited Brazil, India or Turkey inside Fourteen (14) days previous journey to Nigeria shall be made to endure seven (7) days of necessary quarantine in a Authorities accepted facility on the point-of-entry metropolis and at a price to the passenger.


“Passenger(s) arriving in Nigeria from different locations should observe a 7-day self-isolation at their remaining vacation spot. Perform a COVID-19 PCR check on day 7 on the chosen laboratory. Shall be monitored for compliance to isolation protocol by applicable authorities.”


There was a surge of COVID-19 instances in some international locations, with India reporting greater than 300,000 each day instances for greater than 10 days straight.



The SGF urged Nigerians to keep away from non-essential travels to international locations with the growing variety of COVID-19 infections and deaths.

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