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From left: Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, Head of Mission; Ambassador (Mrs) Shakirat Ogundero, Deputy Head of Mission; and Alhaji Musa Anka, Minister in charge of the Consular & Immigration Section during a meeting with members of a Nigerian community group in 2019 / Photo: Femi Awoniyi

Nigerian embassy in Germany closed indefinitely

The Embassy of Nigeria in Berlin has announced the indefinite suspension of its consular services due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

A statement, titled URGENT PUBLIC NOTICE, published on the website of the embassy reads,

“This is to inform the general public that in consideration of the potential health hazard that the novel coronavirus may pose to the staff of the Embassy as well as applicants for consular services, and the advice by the German Government to adopt social distancing in public places to stem the spread of the disease, the Embassy of Nigeria has taken the following decisions:

“With IMMEDIATE EFFECT and UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, all consular activities at the Embassy of Nigeria have been suspended. “Visitors are to take note of the following:

  1. INDEFINITE SUSPENSION of ALL CONSULAR ACTIVITIES, including but not limited to:
  2. Collection of produced passports (regardless of appointments)
  3. Suspension of appointment system for passports
  4. Passport biometrics/interview services
  5. Legalization
  6. Authentication
  7. Change of names

“In case of request for Emergency Travel Certificates (ETCs) and emergency cases of stranded Nigerians, kindly send an Email to: etc@nigeriaembassygermany.org.

“Emergency contact phone lines (Monday-Thursday 10.00-15.00): 030 212 300; 030 21230280; 030 21230121; 030 212301 20; 030 21230240”.

The Embassy had suspended its consular services on 9 March to “complete ongoing environmental sanitation of the Chancery Premises” and was scheduled to reopen on 23 March.

The Embassy advises that its website should be regularly checked for its new opening date.

Embassies of Ghana and Uganda have also closed down because of the corona crisis.

Austin Ohaegbu

Visit the website of the embassy at https://nigeriaembassygermany.org/

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