In a continued effort towards tackling the COVID-19 pandemic amid fear of the second wave, the federal government on Sunday, January 10, announced 32 guidelines for travellers willing to come to Nigeria.
The guidelines were released by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 through a communique, adding that failure to follow will attract punishment.
Nigeria presently has 100,087 confirmed COVID-19 cases after 1024 new infections were reported on Sunday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The death figure is 1,358, with 80,030 recoveries.
1. Passengers must perform a COVID-19 PCR test not more than 4 days (96 hours) before boarding.
2. All intending passengers (including diplomats and children less than 10 years old) must register via an online national travel portal (Nigeria International Travel Portal – https://nitp.ncdc.gov.ng) and proceed to fill in the online Health Declaration/Self-Reporting form located on the portal.
3. Passengers must be reachable via the phone number, email, and residential address they have provided.
4. After filling the online Health Declaration/ Self-Reporting Form, passengers will be directed to upload their negative COVID-19 PCR test on to the portal.
5. On reaching the payment section of the portal, passengers will be requested to select their preferred Laboratory/Sample Collection Centre based on where they will be self-isolating at day-7 of arrival in Nigeria.
6. Following successful payment, passengers should download the Permit to Travel Certificate/ QR Code using the “Get Permit to Travel.”
7. Passengers must present two documents at their point of departure to be allowed to board and these documents are a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered within 4 days.
8. Passengers failing to show a Permit to Travel Certificate/QR Code will not be allowed to board.
9. Airlines that board passengers without any of the two documents (a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken not more than 96 hours prior to boarding and a Permit to Travel Certificate/QR code), shall be sanctioned.
10. Passengers, who are Non-Nigerians, will be refused entry and returned to the point of embarkation at a cost to the airline if they do not have the required documents.
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11. Passengers departing from the United Kingdom and Republic of South Africa must show evidence of having paid for their post-arrival Day-7 COVID-19 PCR test prior to boarding.
12. Passengers who are Nigerians and holders of the permanent resident permit will be allowed entry, but subjected to a mandatory quarantine of 8-14 days.
13. Airlines shall be fined USD 3,500 per passenger for failure to comply with any of the preboarding requirements.
14. Airlines who fail to comply with the above requirements may be banned from coming to Nigeria.
15. Travellers will be required to undergo temperature screening and be asked about COVID-19 symptoms.
16. Passengers with temperature greater than 38C and other COVID-19 related signs and symptoms shall not be allowed to board the flight.
17. On arrival in Nigeria, all passengers are advised to strictly adhere to instructions given by Port Health Services at the arrival terminal.
18. All passengers arriving in Nigeria will be required to go through the routine Port Health screening and present electronic or print-out evidence of preboarding COVID-19 PCR test and the Permit to Travel Certificate/QR Code.
19. All passengers will present their international passports for clearance through the Nigerian Immigration Service System’s Migrants Identification Data Analysis System (MIDAS).
20. Once allowed into the country, passengers must proceed on mandatory 7 days self-isolation/quarantine in their selected place of abode.
21. Passengers are advised to avoid physical interactions during self-isolation; interaction with friends, family, colleagues, and other members of the public should be avoided.
22. Passengers should check their emails/text messages regularly for updates regarding the arrangement for their repeat COVID-19 PCR test
23. Passengers are to present themselves at the laboratory/sample collection centers on the 7th day of arrival.
24. Passengers who fail to submit themselves at the sample collection centers on Day-7 of arrival will be sent text reminders and their details forwarded to the State Public Health Department teams and NCDC for active follow-up.
25. Private laboratories will forward details of passengers who decline or do not show up for repeat PCR test by Day-14 of arrival.
26. Test results will be ready within 72 hours and the State Public Health Department teams & Nigeria Center for Disease Control will be informed accordingly;
27. Travellers reporting or developing symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival in Nigeria, or during screening will not be allowed to self-quarantine and will be placed in institutional quarantine.
28. For deportees, if one person tests positive for COVID-19, all close primary contacts will be required to undergo enhanced screening and a follow-up PCR test if necessary.
29. Public Health Officers will monitor passengers during the period of self –isolation/quarantine.
30. Persons who develop symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 during the isolation period will immediately be tested for COVID-19.
31. Persons who test positive for COVID-19 after the post-arrival Day-7 test shall be managed based on national guidelines for COVID-19 treatment.
32. Persons who test negative for COVID-19 after 7 days of self-isolation/quarantine will be allowed to exit self-isolation on receipt of their result.
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