FG Imposes Travel Restrictions On Passengers Who Shun COVID-19 PCR Tests

A file photo of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.
A file photograph of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.

 

The Federal Government has warned passengers towards shunning the COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) take a look at, warning that violating the take a look at would entice journey restrictions.

Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this by way of an announcement on Sunday, including that the restrictions got here into impact on September 14.

He defined that passengers arriving Nigeria should undergo the routine port well being screening and current digital or print-out proof of pre-boarding COVID-19 PCR take a look at and the Permit to Travel Certificate/QR Code.

Having accomplished so, the passengers should current their worldwide passports for clearance by the Nigeria Immigration Service System’s Migrants Identification Data Analysis System (MIDAS) and proceed on obligatory seven days self-isolation/quarantine of their chosen in-country vacation spot.

“Passengers who fail to show up for this test will face travel restrictions on their passports for at least six months and will not be able to travel abroad for this period. Non-Nigerian passport holders will have their visas revoked,” the SGF stated.

“Passengers are suggested to keep away from bodily interplay with mates, household, colleagues, and different members of the general public. Passengers ought to test their emails/textual content messages frequently for updates relating to the association for his or her repeat COVID-19 PCR take a look at from the laboratory of their alternative.

“During this period, the passenger may be contacted by the COVID-19 Response team to ascertain [the] state of isolation, day-7 testing appointment and health status.”

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The SGF additionally introduced that the federal government had lifted the ban positioned on flights coming into the nation from India.

As precautionary measures to curb the COVID-19 within the nation, the Federal Government had banned passengers, who visited India, Brazil, South Africa, and Turkey within the final 14 days from getting into the nation.

However, the sanctions positioned on airways that convey passengers from restricted nations and travellers who’re Non-Nigerians stay.

Mustapha added, “Non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil, Turkey or South Africa inside 14 days previous journey to Nigeria, shall be denied entry into Nigeria. This regulation, nevertheless, doesn’t apply to passengers who transited by these nations.

“Airlines who fail to comply shall mandatorily pay a penalty of $3,500 per defaulting passenger; and non-Nigerians will be denied entry and returned to the country of embarkation at  cost to the Airline; Nigerians and those with a permanent resident permit who visited Brazil, Turkey, and South Africa 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.”

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FG Imposes Travel Restrictions On Passengers Who Shun COVID-19 PCR Tests

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