- The government has taken precautionary measures to minimise the risk of a surge in the cases of the coronavirus introduced to Nigeria from other countries
- Non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil, India or Turkey within 14 days will be denied entry into the country
- As part of the new measures, COVID-19 PCR test results older than 72hours before departure shall not be accepted
- India has been facing a tsunami of deaths following a surge in COVID-19 cases and there seems to be no end in site
Concerned by the new wave of COVID-19 ravaging some parts of the world, the federal government has banned non-Nigerian passengers who have been in Brazil, India or Turkey in the last 14 days from entering the country.
Boss Mustpaha, chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, said the ban will take effect from Tuesday, May 4, and shall be subjected to review after an initial period of four weeks.
This was contained in a statement shared on Facebook on Sunday, May 2, by Mustapha who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
This regulation, however, does not apply to passengers who transited through these countries.
In order to ensure the new guidelines are strictly adhered to, the federal government, has imposed a fine of $3,500 per passenger on any airline that ignores these instructions.
As part of new measures, the validity period of pre-boarding COVID-19 PCR test for all Nigeria-bound passengers has been reduced from 96hrs to 72 hours.
The statement read in part:
“Nigerians and those with permanent resident permit who visited Brazil, India or Turkey within 14 days preceding travel to Nigeria shall be made to undergo seven days of mandatory quarantine in a government approved facility at the point-of-entry city and at cost to the passenger.
“The following condition shall apply to such passengers: Within 24 hours of arrival shall take a COVID-19 PCR test.
“If positive, the passenger shall be admitted within a government-approved treatment centre, in line with national treatment protocols.
“If negative, the passenger shall continue to remain in quarantine and made to undergo a repeat PCR test on day 7 of their quarantine.”
Nigerians have been advised to suspend non-essential travels to any country for now.
Those arriving in Nigeria from other destinations are to observe a seven-day self-isolation at their final destination, after which theye are to undergo a COVID-19 test at selected laboratory.
Any passengerwho provides false or misleading contact information will be liable to prosecution. Same applies to those who disregard or refuse to comply with directions of Port-Health staff.
Read the full statement below:
Oyedepo rejects COVID-19 vaccine
Despite the efforts by the federal government to vaccinate Nigerians against the COVID-19 disease, Bishop David Oyedepo has said he would not take the vaccine.
According to the cleric who presides over the Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel, he is not a guinea pig.
The cleric argued that the church has the answer to some of the challenges facing the world.
He also pointed out that it is immoral to force people to take the vaccine.