- The Nigerian government is concerned about the emergence of the new variant coronavirus in the UK and another from South Africa
- For this reason, new travel measures have been put in place for the safety of citizens and to prevent its importation
- Passengers coming into Nigeria will have to fill in a health questionnaire, upload their COVID-19 result and meet other requirements
- All those coming from these countries have been asked to familiarise themselves with the Nigerian International Travel Portal
The federal government has rolled out new travel rules for passengers coming in from South Africa and the United Kingdom which takes effect from Monday, December 28.
This is as a result of the discovery of a new variant of COVID-19 in these countries.
During a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, December 24, the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF), Dr Sani Aliyu, said all passengers coming from both countries must use the Nigerian international travel portal to register.
They are to fill in the health questionnaire and upload a negative COVID-19 result with a validity of not more than five days, The Cable reports.
“Specifically, for the UK and South Africa, the PTF has met and we have decided that additional measures would be required to ensure the safety of our citizens. When you are leaving the UK or South Africa, you need two documents that you have to present to the airlines."
The two documents needed are a negative COVID-19 PCR result and a permit to travel document which can be got after meeting several requirements.
Without these, passengers will not be allowed to board the flight.
Upon arrival in Nigeria, they are also to observe seven-day self-isolation.
FG might be forced to impose travel ban
Recall that the federal government earlier said that just like many nations, it may be forced to impose a ban on travel to some parts of the world due to the new strain of COVID-19 which is rampant in the UK.
The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Monday, December 21, noted that while the government is avoiding the implications of another lockdown, it might fall back on it as its only resort if the situation warrants the decision.
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