Nigeria will ban entry to non-Nigerian passengers who have traveled to India, Brazil and Turkey in the past two weeks due to concerns about the rapid spread of coronavirus in these three nations.
The travel ban announced on Sunday does not apply to passengers who traveled through these countries, Nigeria’s presidential steering committee said on COVID-19 in a statement.
“These precautionary measures are a necessary step to minimize the risk of an increase in COVID-19 cases introduced into Nigeria from other countries,” he said.
Nigerians and permanent residents who have been in these countries for the last 14 days will have to spend a mandatory quarantine for a week in a government approved facility on arrival.
Now all passengers arriving in Nigeria will have to show a negative COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours of the trip instead of the previous 96 hour period.
Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, has reported more than 165,000 cases of coronavirus and 2,060 deaths since COVID-19 emerged in China in late 2019.