Visitors from Brazil, India, Turkey banned by FG over COVID-19 spike

Non-Nigerian passengers who visited Brazil, India, or Turkey in the previous two weeks will be denied entry.

Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Federal Government, revealed this in a statement released on Saturday.

He explained that the decision was made in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases and fatalities in certain parts of the world.

The travel ban does not extend to passengers who have transited through those countries, according to Mustapha, who also stated that the travel advisory will go into effect on Tuesday and will be reviewed after a four-week period.

“These precautionary measures are a necessary step to minimize the risk of a surge in COVID-19 cases introduced to Nigeria from other countries,” the statement partly 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.”

Nigerians and permanent residents who have visited those countries in the last 14 days will be required to spend a week in a government-approved facility upon arrival, according to the statement.

Instead of the previous 96-hour cycle, all passengers arriving in Nigeria must now show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel.

The SGF added, “The following condition shall apply to such passengers: Within 24 hours of arrival shall take a COVID-19 PCR test.

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“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.”

Passengers arriving in Nigeria from other countries are required to self-isolate for seven days at their final destination, according to the guidelines.

They must also perform a COVID-19 PCR test at the designated laboratory on day 7 and be monitored by relevant authorities for compliance with the isolation protocol.

Since the coronavirus first appeared in China at the end of 2019, Nigeria has recorded just over 165,000 cases and 2,063 deaths, making it Africa’s most populous country.


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