- 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.
“It also revealed that airlines would be fined $3,500 per passenger for failure to comply with the pre-boarding requirements.”
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.
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.
Fahad Mohammed, the technical adviser in the implementation of NCDC’s action plan, gave the warning in Adamawa state.
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