Nigeria restricts passengers from Brazil, India, Turkey
Non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil, India or Turkey within 14 days, will be denied entry into Nigeria.
This decision was taken by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 following increasing cases of COVID-19 and fatalities in some parts of the world.
Boss Mustapha, the chairman of the committee, made this disclosure in a statement titled ‘Travel advisory for passengers arriving Nigeria from Brazil, India and Turkey.’
The travel advisory shall take effect from Tuesday May 2, 2021 and it shall be subjected to review after an initial period of four weeks.
Part of the guidelines read, “Non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil, India or Turkey within days preceding travel to Nigeria, shall be denied entry into Nigeria.
“This regulation, however, does not apply to passengers who transited through these countries.
“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.”
“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.
Passengers arriving in Nigeria from other destinations must observe a seven-day self-isolation at their final destination.