Nigeria suspends international passport of 100 citizens for shunning covid test on arrival
London, Jan. 3, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian government has suspended international passport of 100 citizens and place them on travelling restrictions on 100 passengers, for non-compliance with mandatory protocol on tests upon arrival as outlined by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
“Based on Presidental authority, travel restrictions are placed on the following passports due to non-compliance to the mandatory Day 7 post-arrival COVID-19 test,” the communique read.
The 100 affected Nigerians are in the first batch as more would be restricted soon.
The notice of suspension explained that the international passport of the 100 defaulters would be restricted for six months, for failure to comply with the mandatory Day seven Post Arrival COVID-19 Polymerise Chain Reaction (PCR) test, and that the six months restrictions, which took effect from Jan. 1, would last till June 30, 2021
Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this in a notice to the affected passengers on Saturday.
According to the notice, the defaulting passengers had been informed about the development and will be prevented from traveling out of the country during this period.
The passport numbers of the 100 Nigerians were displayed on the twitter handle of Covid-19 presidential Task Force
The statement said “The PTF has placed travel restrictions on the first 100 passengers for non-compliance to the mandatory Day 7 post-arrival COVID-19 test.
“Based on presidential authority, travel restrictions are being placed on the following passport due to non-compliance to the mandatory Day 7 post-arrival PCR test.”