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FG scraps post-arrival PCR test for absolutely vaccinated vacationers

COVID19: FG scraps post-arrival PCR test for fully vaccinated travelers

The Federal authorities has scrapped post-arrival PCR COVID tests for totally vaccinated travelers coming into Nigeria.

In keeping with a revised travel protocol launched by the Boss Mustapha, the chairman of the presidential steering committee (PSC) on COVID-19, fully vaccinated passengers are required to indicate evidence of a “verifiable” vaccination certificate and allow to travel certificates.

He said that passengers who aren’t in a position to show proof of full vaccination will probably be handled as unvaccinated or partially vaccinated under the new protocol. He stated the new measures will probably be efficient from April 4.

“In-bound passengers to Nigeria who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to carry out COVID-19 PCR test before boarding Nigeria-bound flights,” the protocol reads.

Fully vaccinated passengers arriving Nigeria won’t even be required to hold out post-arrival PCR test or a rapid antigen test upon arriving Nigeria.

Kids below the age of 18 years will be accorded the same privileges as individuals who’re totally vaccinated;

In-bound passengers who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated for COVID-19 shall take a COVID-19 PCR test 48 hrs before departure and undergo days 2 and seven post-arrival PCR assessments at their own cost.

Travelers who’re fully vaccinated are not required to observe the obligatory 7-day quarantine nor undertake the day 2 and day 7 post-arrival PCR checks.”

The PSC suggested passengers travelling out of Nigeria to have proof of full vaccination; comply with the COVID-19 guidelines and testing necessities of their destination or transit countries earlier than embarking on the journey.

“Passengers who do not have evidence of full vaccination should perform a COVID-19 PCR test not more than 2 days (48 hours) before boarding. Travelers should bring alongside an electronic or hard copy of their negative COVID-19 PCR test for presentation at the departure airport and upon arrival in Nigeria.

On arrival in Nigeria, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers are to show up at the laboratory/sample collection centers chosen by them whereas filling the NITP on the 2nd and 7th day of arrival.

Samples will be taken, and a COVID-19 PCR test done. The chosen private laboratory will send a reminder text message, e-mail, or phone call to the traveler a day before the appointment date;

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Persons who test adverse for COVID-19 after 7 days of  self-isolation/quarantine will be allowed to exit self-isolation on receipt of their outcome, but when tested positive, will be treated according to measures instituted by the federal government.”the assertion learn

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