COVID-19: What you need to know about Nigerian flight restriction

The presidential task force on coronavirus says Nigerians from places with high cases of coronavirus will be allowed entry into the country.

According to a frequently asked question (FAQ) published by the task force, these Nigerians would be subjected to supervised self-isolation for 14 days after arrival.

The presidential task force is headed by Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation.

The federal government had earlier announced that it would restrict entry for travellers from 13 countries.

“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,” it had said.

Here are the frequently asked questions:

Question 1
Q. What is restricted entry?

A. It means you will not be allowed into the country if you live in or have visited these countries in the last fifteen (15) days.

Question 2
Q. As a Nigerian returning home, does restricted entry apply to me?

A. No, you will be allowed in but subject to supervised self-isolation for Fourteen (14) days after arrival.

Question 3
Q. As a diplomat, does restricted entry affect me?

A. No, you will be allowed into Nigeria but subject to supervised self- isolation for Fourteen (14) days after arrival.

Question 4
Q. I am resident in Nigeria but hold a foreign passport. Does restricted entry affect me?

A. No, you will be allowed into Nigeria but subject to supervised self- isolation for Fourteen (14) days after arrival

Question 5
Q. I will be transiting through one of the 13 countries to get into Nigeria. Does restricted entry affect me?

A. Yes, if you have been to any of the countries mentioned, you will not be allowed into Nigeria, except you are a returning Nigerian, resident or diplomat.

Question 6
Q. When does this come into effect?

A. Saturday, 21st March 2020

The national coronavirus helpline is 0800970000-10.

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