COVID-19: Nigerian govt bans 100 passengers, releases passport details

COVID-19: Nigerian govt bans 100 passengers, releases passport details

- The federal government is not slowing down its effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic

- For this reason, 100 passengers who came into Nigeria and did not to undergo the compulsory COVID-19 test have been banned for six months

- During this period, the defaulters will be prevented from travelling out of the country

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A six-month travel ban has been slammed on 100 passengers who failed to undergo the compulsory COVID-19 test after their return to Nigeria.

The post-arrival test is expected to be done at the end of the mandatory 7-day self-isolation/quarantine.

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 released a list containing the defaulters' passport numbers, though their names were not mentioned.

COVID-19: Nigerian govt bans 100 passengers, releases passport details
President Buhari receiving End of Year Report from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 at the State House, Abuja. Photo credit: @DigiCommsNG
Source: Twitter

A tweet posted on its official Twitter handle on Saturday, January 2, read:

"The PTF has placed travel restrictions on the first 100 passengers for non-compliance to the mandatory Day 7 post-arrival COVID-19 test."

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This means for the next six months, the affected persons will not be allowed to leave Nigeria.

The 100 affected persons have been contacted and confirmed that they failed to do the post-arrival test.

A top source in PTF who spoke with The Nation disclosed that the list of the affected Nigerians had “been sent to the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and other security agencies to stop them from travelling out."

According to the source, any further defiance may lead to their passports being cancelled.

New rules for UK and South African passengers

In an earlier report, the federal 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.

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