COVID-19: Nigeria releases new guidelines for incoming international flights

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The Nigerian government has released new guidelines for persons coming into the country to observe, in its bid to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

The guidelines, which were released by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, took effect from June 8, 2020

Full text of the guidelines below:

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR PERSONS ARRIVING IN NIGERIA FROM ANY
COUNTRY (INCLUDING RETURNEES/STRANDED NIGERIANS)
PRE-DEPARTURE/ON BOARD
A. Passengers arriving/returning to Nigeria must have tested NEGATIVE for COVID-
19 (pre-boarding PCR test in country of departure). PCR test MUST be within 2
weeks before departure and preferably not less than 5 days pre-boarding.
B. Tests done more than two weeks before departure are not valid and persons will
not be allowed to board; but for the 5 days minimum, this is advisory and will not
preclude boarding.
C. On board, passengers are required to fill in the Health Declaration/Self-Reporting
Form & the Sample Collection Time Allocation Form.
D. Passengers should ensure that the information/contact details provided on the
form are correct, verifiable and they can be reached on the phone number and
address provided.
ON ARRIVAL IN NIGERIA
A. Upon arrival in Nigeria, passengers shall queue in an orderly manner and
disembarkation will be done systematically and in batches to avoid overcrowding.
B. Passengers will proceed for health screening at the Point of Entry.
C. The Health Declaration Form will be assessed and collected along with the Sample
Collection Form.
D. Passengers are requested to:
(i) Keep their face masks on;
(ii) Perform hand hygiene;

i) Ensure respiratory/cough etiquette; cough into tissue, sleeve/bent
elbow and discard used tissue safely into a bin; and
(iv) Always observe and maintain physical distancing measures.
E. Persons who have arrived in Nigeria are advised to self-isolate for 14 days and to
remain in the City/State where the Point of Entry is located (i.e. Lagos or Abuja)
throughout the duration of self-quarantine.
F. If not resident in Lagos or Abuja, passengers shall make arrangements for
accommodation at their own cost (please note that the Federal Government will
not be responsible for providing accommodation nor transportation to the place of
abode).
G. Passengers will be cleared through the Nigeria Immigration System’s Migrants
Identification Data Analysis System (MIDAS) and their passports retained until
after successful completion of the 14 days self-quarantine.
H. They will be given an appointment time and date to present themselves at the
Sample Collection Centre located in Lagos or Abuja for a repeat COVID-19 PCR
test within 72 hours of arrival.
I. Passengers must provide their full and correct address and phone number before
exiting the airport. They must comply with self-isolation/quarantine guidelines and
ensure that they can be reached/can be located during the period.
J. Persons who are unable to remain in Lagos or Abuja throughout the period of self-
quarantine may return to their States of residence ONLY after:
(a) They have had their samples collected and are NEGATIVE for COVID-19;
and
(b) They have provided Public Health Officials with their full and correct
address and phone number where they can be reached.
K. Persons who have completed the 14 days of self-isolation/quarantine will undergo
an exit interview. Their details will be forwarded to the Nigeria Immigration Service
for release of their passports. Alternative arrangements can be made to collect
passports via Special delivery e.g. DHL.
This protocol will come into effect from Monday, 8 June, 2020.

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