The Federal Government has issued a travel advisory to Nigerians in Brazil, India, Turkey, citing risks from COVID-19. Mr. Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, gave the advice during a Town Hall Meeting on COVID-19 vaccination for the North East Zone in Yola,
It was gathered that the meeting was called by the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) in collaboration with National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). Mustapha, who was represented by Alhaji Abubakar Mohammed, Minister of Environment, said Nigeria has the responsibility to safeguard the health of its people and block any chance to spread the COVID-19 in the country.
“Nigerians are strongly advised to avoid nonessential international traveling at this time especially to countries that are showing an increase in a number of COVID-19 deaths.
“Consequently, any person who had visited Brazil, India, and Turkey within 14 days preceding travel to Nigeria shall be denied entry into Nigeria.
“Among other traveling guidelines, individuals, transporters, and airlines who abuse the guidelines shall be sanction,’’ Mustapha said. He explained that the PSC has been monitoring with keen interest the rise in cases of COVID-19 abroad.
”The Federal Government deeply sympathizes with the government and citizens of those countries and assured them of unflinching support and solidarity.
”All Governors are also advised to ensure that all returned international passengers in their respective states adhere strictly to the mandatory seven days isolation period,” he said.