Gift Joseph Okpakorese
As a result of the global hike in Covid-19, The federal government has issued a statement instructing foreigners who recently traveled to Brazil, India, and Turkey, to be restricted entrance into Nigeria from Tuesday, May 04, 2021.
Boss Mustapha. chairman of the presidential steering committee on COVID-19, in a travel advisory published on Saturday, May 1st, 2021, disclosed that the decision was a result of a global surge in COVID-19 cases.
The secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Mustapha, remarked that it was imperative for Nigerian citizens who toured the above-listed nations to go through a one-week mandatory minimum quarantine on arrival and that the passenger will also bear the cost of these tests.
Furthermore, Mustapha reinforced that the present administration has curtailed the validity duration of the pre-boarding COVID-19 PCR test for all Nigeria-bound passengers from 96 to 72 hours.
“The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 has over the last few weeks been monitoring with concern, the increasing trend of COVID-19 cases in several countries, with additional focus on countries with high incidence, fatality rate, and widespread prevalence of variants of concern,” Mustapha said.
“This interim travel advisory applies to three (3) countries in the first instance. These precautionary measures are a necessary step to minimize the risk of a surge in COVID-19 cases introduced to Nigeria from other countries, while national response activities continue.
“The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, after due consideration has therefore approved the implementation of the following measures: Reduction of the validity period of pre-boarding COVID-19 PCR test for all Nigeria-bound passengers from 96hrs to 72 hours. Henceforth PCR test results older than 72hours before departure shall not be accepted.
“Non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil, India, or Turkey within Fourteen (14) days preceding travel to Nigeria, shall be denied entry into Nigeria. This regulation, however, does not apply to passengers who transited through these countries.
“Nigerians and those with permanent resident permit who visited Brazil, India or Turkey within Fourteen (14) days preceding travel to Nigeria shall be made to undergo seven (7) days of mandatory quarantine in a Government approved facility at the point-of-entry city and cost to the passenger.
“Passenger(s) arriving in Nigeria from other destinations must observe a 7-day self-isolation at their final destination. Carry out a COVID-19 PCR test on day 7 at a selected laboratory.
Shall be monitored for compliance to isolation protocol by appropriate authorities.”
There has been a surge of COVID-19 cases in some countries, with India reporting more than 300,000 daily cases for more than 10 days straight.
The SGF urged Nigerians to avoid non-essential travels to countries with an increasing number of COVID-19 infections and deaths.