COVID-19: Travellers from UK, South Africa must undergo test at airports, says FG

COVID-19: Travellers from UK, South Africa must undergo test at airports, says FG

- Travellers from the UK and South Africa will have to undergo COVID-19 test before being allowed to enter Nigeria

- This new rule was announced by the PTF on Tuesday, December 29

- The PTF also stated that travellers from both countries must show proof of payment of arrival repeat test

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Just like it proposed, the federal government, through the Presidential Task Force for COVID-19, has imposed new safety measures on persons entering the country with effect from Tuesday, December 29.

The PTF on its Facebook page on Tuesday announced that all travellers from the United Kingdom (UK) and South Africa must undergo COVID-19 tests and must be certified as free from the virus.

COVID-19: Travellers from UK, South Africa must undergo test at airports, says FG
Travellers from the UK and South Africa will henceforth undergo COVID-19 test before being allowed into the country (Photo: @OSGFNG)
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The PTF's statement to this effect read partly:

"The Presidential Task Force on #COVID19 has introduced specific travel measures for travelers from the United Kingdom & South Africa

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"Travelers from these 2 countries must take a #COVID19 PCR test within 96 hours pre-boarding & show proof of payment of arrival repeat test in Nigeria."

The protocols released by the PTF which was signed by its chairman, Boss Mustapha, who doubles as the sectary-general of the federation is contained in this link.

Earlier, the government rolled out new travel rules for passengers coming in from South Africa and the United Kingdom which takes effect from Monday, December 28.

This was 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 were to fill in the health questionnaire and upload a negative COVID-19 result with a validity of not more than five days.

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He said:

“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."

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