COVID-19: US lists considerations for citizens seeking evacuation from Nigeria

COVID-19: US lists considerations for citizens seeking evacuation from Nigeria

- The United States of America has given nationals seeking to leave Nigeria considerations to bear in mind

- The embassy noted that citizens seeking evacuation will bear the cost of their medical bills

- American citizens were also told to note that hospitals in the country are overwhelmed due to COVID-19 cases

Amid the global pandemic called coronavirus in Nigeria, the United States embassy has listed considerations for its citizens seeking evacuation from Nigeria.

In a statement on its website on Sunday, April 5, the US said Americans leaving the country will be responsible for their medical bills not covered by insurance as many healthcare systems are overwhelmed.

The US further said citizens should note there are shortages of basic supplies across the country following the closure of many stores and restaurants.

The statement also noted that American citizens should ensure they have accommodations before traveling.

COVID-19: US issues considerations for citizens seeking evacuation from Nigeria
The US lists considerations for citizens seeking evacuation from Nigeria amid COVID-19.
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"This is a self-funded, one-way flight to a single destination in the United States. All passengers must sign a promissory note and repay the full cost of their seat(s).

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In addition, travelers are responsible for organizing and funding any travel to their final destination in the United States, all living expenses while in the United States, and any return travel to Nigeria. Evacuation flights can range between $1,300 and $2,400 per person.

“At this time, Nigerian airports are closed to all commercial international flights. If you evacuate to the United States, it is unlikely you will be able to return to Nigeria until the Nigerian government reopens the airports and commercial flights resume," the statement read in part.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that amid coronavirus in Nigeria, some citizens of the United States (US) who were intending to return to their homeland got stranded at the Lagos airport on Thursday, April 2.

This was as the flight from the Murtala Muhammed International airport could not get approval to use the airspaces of some countries which have gone into lockdown due to the virus.

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According to an official report from the airport, the flight that was supposed to evacuate the Americans on board an OMNI Airplane was cancelled as it was not permitted to fly-over certain nations.

In a related development, the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, explained that the fact that foreigners are leaving Nigeria amid the spread of coronavirus is not an indictment on the country's health system.

Onyeama, in a press briefing in Abuja on Friday, April 3, said that nationals of other countries are leaving to their homelands because they are more familiar with healthcare operations in their places of origin.

Speaking further to back up this view, the minister revealed that the heads of mission, ambassadors and other staff from countries whose nationals are leaving still remain in Nigeria. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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