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COVID-19: Nigeria issues revised protocol for travel into country

Nigeria’s latest travel protocol, which will take effect from 25 October 2021, stipulates new rules for vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers entering the country

The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has issued a revised international protocol for travel into Nigeria, stipulating that all travellers arriving in Nigeria, either vaccinated or unvaccinated, must present a negative COVID-19 test conducted not more than 72 hours before boarding.

The protocol will enter into effect on Monday, 25 October 2021.

The Chairman, PSC on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, said in a statement circulated by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.

Under the new arrangement, “Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated in-bound passengers will also be required to observe a mandatory 7-day self-isolation in addition to a COVID-19 PCR test on days 2 and 7 after arrival,

“Fully vaccinated in-bound passengers will not be required to observe the mandatory 7-day self-isolation but will be required to do a COVID-19 PCR test on day 2 of arrival.

“Persons arriving on a business trip or on official duty staying less than seven days in Nigeria must be fully vaccinated, produce negative COVID-19 PCR result 72 hours before boarding, and conduct a PCR test on day 2 of their arrival,” Mustapha explained.

NAN quoted Mustapha as saying during the national briefing, that a revised travel protocol would be published.

He noted that the review of the protocol would be based on science, national experience, and global developments.

Kola Tella with NAN report

Visit the Website of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) at: https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng

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