Covid-19: FG bars travellers from Brazil, India, Turkey

The Federal Government has placed a travel ban on non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil, India, or Turkey within 14 days of gaining entry into Nigeria.

The announcement was made known in a statement signed by Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19, yesterday. According to Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the decision was made following the increasing cases of Covid-19 and fatalities in the afore-mentioned countries.

The PSC Chairman said the travel ban does not apply to passengers who have transited through those countries. He stated that the travel advisory will take effect from Tuesday, and shall be subjected to review after an initial period of four weeks.

The statement partly reads: “These precautionary measures are a necessary step to minimize the risk of a surge in Covid-19 cases introduced to Nigeria from other countries. 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 the above: airlines shall mandatorily pay a penalty of $3,500 for each defaulting passenger. 

He, however, said non-Nigerians will be denied entry and returned to the country of embarkation at a cost to the airline.  Mustapha further stated that Nigerians and permanent residency holders will be made to undergo a compulsory PCR test on arrival coupled with a mandatory seven-day quarantine.

According to the guidelines, passengers arriving in Nigeria from other destinations must observe a seven-day self-isolation at their final destination. “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 stated.

The FG urged members of the public to adhere to all Covid-19 preventive measures in place, including adherence to the national travel protocol, proper use of face masks, regular handwashing and physical distancing.

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