COVID-19: FG Bans Travelers From Brazil, India, Turkey

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The Federal Government has said non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil, India or Turkey within 14 days will not be allowed into Nigeria, following increasing cases of COVID-19 and fatalities in the countries.

Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, announced the development in a statement titled “Travel Advisory for Passengers Arriving Nigeria from Brazil, India and Turkey.”

The statement said the travel advisory shall take effect from Tuesday while it shall be subjected to review after an initial period of four weeks.

It however said the regulation does not apply to passengers who transited through these countries.

The guideline read in part; “The following measures shall apply to airlines and passengers who fail to comply with I and II(a) above: airlines shall mandatorily pay a penalty of $3,500 for each defaulting passenger.

“Non-Nigerians will be denied entry and returned to the country of embarkation at cost to the airline.

“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.”

The guidelines also stipulate that passengers arriving in Nigeria from other destinations must observe a seven-day self-isolation at their final destination.

“They must carry out a COVID-19 PCR test on day 7 at selected laboratory and shall be monitored for compliance to isolation protocol by appropriate authorities.

“Passenger who provided false or misleading contact information will be liable to prosecution.

“Also, persons 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,” it said.

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