The Federal Government of Nigeria has restricted entry into the country for travellers from thirteen (13) countries, which are all countries with over 1,000 case domestically.
These countries include; China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, Norway, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Switzerland.
The Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVlD-19, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, made this known while briefing Nigerians on further measures being taken after an assessment of the global situation.
The Chairman noted that all persons arriving in Nigeria who might have visited these countries,days prior to such arrival, will be subjected to supervised self-isolation and testing for 14 days.
He also announced that; “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 endorse this travel advisories to their nationals to postpone travels to Nigeria”.
Mustapha noted that these restrictions will come into effect from Saturday, 21st March, 2020 for four (4) weeks subject to review.
You will recall that Tuesday 17th March, 2020 the Presidential Task Force was inaugurated and held its first briefing. Also recall that the PTF at the end of the meeting announced the ban on all forms of travels by public officers and civil servants until further notice.