Nigeria bans travels from Brazil, India, Turkey over COVID resurgence
London, May 2, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian government has announced temporary ban on non-Nigerian passengers who have been in Brazil, India or Turkey within 14 days of intended arrival into the country ban flights into the country. This is due to concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus,
The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 says, persons who have visited Brazil, India or Turkey within Fourteen (14) days preceding travel to Nigeria, shall be denied entry into the West African country.
This regulation, however, does not apply to passengers who transited through these countries.
Chairman of the committee and Secretary to the government of the Federation (SGF) Mr. Boss Mustapha in a statement disclosed that, after due consideration, the validity period of pre-boarding COVID-19 PCR test for all Nigeria-bound passengers has been reduced from 96 hours to 72 hours and PCR test results older than 72 hours before departure shall not be accepted.
He adds that, any airline who fail to comply shall mandatorily pay a penalty of $3,500 (Three Thousand Five Hundred dollars) for each defaulting passenger and non-Nigerians will be denied entry and returned to the country of embarkation at cost to the Airline.
While Nigerians and those with permanent resident permit shall undergo 7 days mandatory quarantine in a government approved facility at the point-of-entry city and at cost to the passenger.
On false declaration, passenger(s) who provide false or misleading contact information will be liable to prosecution and person(s) who willfully disregard or refuse to comply with directions of Port-Health staff, security agencies or evade quarantine shall be prosecuted in accordance with the law.
Mr. Mustapha states that, the action is taken to continue to safeguard the health of the Nigerian population, as well as to minimise the risk of a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.
He says, the Presidential Steering Committee carried out a risk assessment of countries with high incidence of cases and the assessment took into consideration the epidemiology of cases, prevalence of variants of concern and average passenger volume between Nigeria and each country amongst other indicators and of the countries assessed, this interim travel advisory applies to three (3) countries in the first instance, Brazil, India and Turkey.