The Federal Government says travelers from China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, Norway, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Switzerland, will be restricted from visiting Nigeria. Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, while disclosing this, said Government is temporarily suspending its Visa on arrival policy. Boss Mustapha further stated that the travel ban will take effect from Saturday, 21st March, 2020, and will last for four weeks, subject to further reviews.
“This (Wednesday) morning, we have found it necessary to brief Nigerians on further measures being taken after an assessment of the global situation. The Federal Government of Nigeria is restricting entry into the country for travellers from the following thirteen (13) countries; China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, Norway, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Switzerland. These are all countries with over 1,000 case domestically.
“All persons arriving in Nigeria, who might have visited these countries, fifteen days prior to such arrival, will be subjected to supervised self-isolation and testing for 14 days.
“The Federal Government is temporarily suspending the issuance of all visas on arrival. The Federal Government is also counseling all Nigerians to cancel or postpone all non-essential travels to these countries; and the Federal Government urges public health authorities of countries with high burden to conduct diligent departure screening of passengers and also endorses these travel advisories to their nationals to postpone travels to Nigeria.
“These restrictions will come into effect from Saturday, 21st March, 2020 for four (4) weeks subject to review,” the SGF said.