FG issues new order for incoming travellers

The Federal government has said that all travellers entering into Nigeria are now required to present evidence of COVID-19 vaccination.

This new mandate was made because of the rising cases of COVID-19 spread in other countries.

The instruction was announced by Geoffrey Okatubo, Director of Port Health Services, on Monday January 23. He also stated that high surveillance will be placed at entry points to ensure that the directive is obeyed.

Dr. Okatubo said:

“Port health services has resumed checks of passengers’ vaccination status and will provide traffic data on inbound passengers from all over the world.

“All international travellers arriving Nigeria are now to provide evidence of vaccination at point of entry and it was agreed that unvaccinated passengers arriving from other countries may have to be vaccinated at the airport.

“The minister of health also recently approved that port health services should meet with other stakeholders such as the NCDC, and the ministry of aviation over the use of rapid diagnostic testing at points of entry.”

This enforcement was put in place after reports showed that countries like China, Japan, and the United States are facing significant increases in COVID-19 cases.