Coronavirus: FG to place travel ban on returnees who avoid repeat COVID-19 test

Coronavirus: FG to place travel ban on returnees who avoid repeat COVID-19 test

- The Nigerian government has announced a new Covid-19 protocol for international travels

- The protocol includes new sanctions for international returnees who fail to present themselves for a repeat COVID-19 test after seven days

- According to the protocol, such returnees may have their passports suspended or face travel ban for six months

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The federal government has threatened that international returnees who fail to present themselves for a repeat COVID-19 test after seven days in the country may face a travel ban.

The Guardian reported that the government's position is contained in the latest protocol for international travels by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19.

The guideline reads:

“The protocol warns that passengers who fail to show up for a repeat test after 7 days may attract sanctions such as suspension of passports or inclusion on a travel no-fly list for 6 months, and denied foreign travel for the same period.
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“It also revealed that airlines would be fined $3,500 per passenger for failure to comply with the pre-boarding requirements.”

Coronavirus: FG to place a travel ban on returnees who avoid repeat COVID-19 test

Coronavirus: FG to place travel ban on returnees who avoid repeat COVID-19 test. Photo source: Nairametrics
Source: UGC

The protocol requires that all persons arriving in Nigeria must have tested negative for COVID-19 having undergone a PCR test in the country of departure pre-boarding.

The test, however, must be done within 96 hours before departure and preferably 72 hours pre-boarding, according to the protocol.

Additionally, passengers will be required to pay for the repeat COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Nigeria.

The repeat test will take place 7 days after arrival within which strict adherence to self-isolation rules must be observed.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the NCDC had warned that the non-compliance to COVID-19 health guidelines could spike the second wave in Adamawa and other states in the country.

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Fahad Mohammed, the technical adviser in the implementation of NCDC’s action plan, gave the warning in Adamawa state.

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