The Nigerian government has threatened to deport foreign travellers who fail to present a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PSC) test result on arrival into the country.
The Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made this known in a statement titled; “Revised Provisional Quarantine Protocol for Travellers Arriving Nigeria”, a copy of which was made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday.
Mr Mustapha, who doubles as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said passengers arriving into Nigeria must present only a valid PCR test to gain access into the country.
He said passengers who fail to comply with the newly revised protocol will be denied entry into the country
“A passenger arriving in Nigeria without a valid PCR result (either no PCR result or a forged COVID-19 PCR result or a non-PCR COVID-19 test e.g., an antigen or antibody test) will be subjected to the following measures:
“If holding foreign passport and being non-resident in Nigeria, the passenger will be denied entry into the country and arrangements made for immediate deportation at cost to the carrier airline,” he said.
Mr Mustapha said passengers who are Nigerians or holders of permanent resident permits will be allowed entry into the country without a PCR test.
He, however, said such passengers must follow the procedure required afterwards.
“For Nigerians and foreign passport holders with residency rights, they will be provided with an Information Leaflet outlining the procedure that will be followed;
“Port Health Services will screen the passenger to include a temperature check and review of health questionnaires to establish infectivity risk,” he said.
Mr Mustapha said the passenger will be registered on the Nigeria International Travel Portal after which such person will be escorted to a designated isolated centre for seven days at the expense of the passenger.
Passenger’s passport will, however, not be released until completion of the mandatory quarantine period.
He added, “COVID-19 PCR test will be conducted by a designated private laboratory within 24 hours of arrival at the quarantine facility at the expense of the passenger.
“If the test result is positive, the passenger is transferred to the isolation facility and managed accordingly but if the test result is negative the passenger will CONTINUE with mandatory isolation at the quarantine facility until Day-7 COVID-19 PCR test is done.”
He also noted that passengers presenting a forged COVID-19 PCR results shall be referred to the Police Authorities or appropriate bodies for prosecution on the expiration of mandatory quarantine period.
The SGF said the revised response provisional quarantine protocol now requires inbound passengers to perform a COVID-19 PCR test not more than three days or 72 hours before boarding
“Passengers MUST perform a COVID-19 PCR test not more than three days (72 hours) before boarding.
“A PCR test done more than 72 hours before departure is not valid and the person will not be allowed to board. A Rapid antigen or antibody test are also not acceptable.
“Test validity commences from the time of sample collection. For passengers with multiple connections before arrival in Nigeria, the PCR test must be valid within 72 hours of boarding from the first point of departure,” he said.
He also said passengers must present an electronic or hard copy of their COVID-19 PCR test for presentation at the departure airport and upon arrival in Nigeria.
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