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Covid-19: All inbound travellers must provide vaccination evidence – FG

THE Federal Government, has stated that all foreign travellers to Nigeria are now obliged to show proof of vaccination at the points of entry.

This is as a result of the Increase in COVID-19 cases that has been reported in China, Japan, the United States of America, and other nations.

The FG added that unvaccinated travellers travelling from other nations might need to get their shots at the airport.

The director of Port Health Services, revealed this at the ministerial briefing held in Abuja, Dr. Geoffrey Okatubo,

The COVID-19 regulations in the nation were loosened by the government in December.

According to the statement, All pre-departure and post-arrival PCR test requirements for anyone who has not received all recommended vaccinations have been halted, and travelers are no longer needed to upload vaccination records to the Nigeria International Travel Portal.

Reports also reveal that China’s move to loosen its tight COVID-19 regulations to combat the virus has compelled numerous countries to place restrictions on travelers from China due to concerns that COVID-19 cases may rise.

Speaking yesterday, Dr Okatubo said “As you are all aware that the Presidential Steering Committee announced the relaxation of the COVID-19 safety measures in Nigeria some few weeks ago. However, following the reported upsurge in COVID-19 in China, Japan, the U.S., and other countries, Port Health Services has continued to heighten surveillance at our points of entry. The port health services have resumed checks of passengers’ vaccination status, and we provide traffic data on inbound passengers from all over the world.

“All international travellers arriving in Nigeria are now to provide evidence of vaccination at the 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 recently approved that Port Health Services should meet with other stakeholders such as the NCDC, the Ministry of Aviation, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, and relevant unions over the use of rapid diagnostic test kits for testing any suspected ill passenger at our points of entry.

“Port Health Services officers are still positioned at the seaport and offshore platforms to screen all crew and passengers coming into the country.”

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