Nigeria issues new protocol for vaccinated passengers

The Federal Government of Nigeria has issued new protocol for vaccinated passengers. The new protocol  eases the travel requirements for fully vaccinated passengers arriving in the country.

Fully vaccinated passengers would do a COVID-19 PCR test on the second day of arrival, according to the new protocol but would no longer be required to observe the seven-day isolation.

This was disclosed on Friday by Boss Mustapha, the Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, in a statement titled, ‘Release of revised international travel protocol into Nigeria’.

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers would do both the seven-day isolation and COVID-19 PCR test on days two and seven after arrival, the chairman said.

“Travellers arriving in Nigeria must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted not more than 72 hours before boarding. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated in-bound passengers will be required to observe a mandatory seven-day self-isolation in addition to a COVID-19 PCR test on days two and seven after arrival.

“Fully vaccinated in-bound passengers will not be required to observe the mandatory seven-day isolation but will be required to do a COVID-19 PCR test on day two of arrival.

“Persons arriving on business trips or on official duties staying less than seven days in Nigeria must be fully vaccinated and produce a negative COVID-19 PCR result 72hours before boarding; and  conduct a PCR test on day two of their arrival.”

The Nigeria new protocol for vaccinated passengers was based on science, national experience, and global developments. It would take effect from October 25, according to the statement.

A report by the News Agency of Nigeria, said the Ministry of Health was planning to establish oxygen plants across the 36 states of the federation.

According to the agency report, there were over 237 million confirmed cases and over 4.8 million deaths due to COVID-19 globally.