Passengers at the arrival immigration counter of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos /Photo: FAAN

Nigeria suspends COVID-19 protocol for international Travellers

Nigeria has relaxed the COVID-19 safety measures and travel advisory, including the suspension of all pre-departure, pre-boarding, and post-arrival PCR test requirements.

Making the announcement on Monday, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said the decision was based on the sustained reduction in COVID-19 infection/transmission internationally and across the country.

“All pre-departure and post-arrival PCR test requirements for all persons who are not fully vaccinated have been suspended,” the statement reads in part.

“With the suspension of both the preboarding and post-arrival PCR tests, passengers will no longer be required to upload evidence of vaccination on the Nigeria International Travel Portal (NITP),” the statement continued.

In a circular issued on the government decision by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for the notice of operators in the civil aviation sector explains further that permission to travel/QR code is no longer required for travellers to Nigeria.

“Permission to travel/QR code is no longer required. A simplified Health Questionnaire (non-covid-19 specific) shall be completed by all passengers arriving in Nigeria on the Nigeria International Travel Portal (NITP),” the circular reads. It further said that those unable to fill the questionnaire on the NITP before departure would be given the opportunity to fill it on board or on arrival in Nigeria.

Femi Awoniyi

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