Every day there is the desire by some people to travel to Nigeria from USA and following the updates by the presidential task force on covid-19 in Nigeria, there is the need to take great precautions before engaging in any travel.
For anyone who is interested in traveling to Nigeria especially those from the United States of America would have to follow some of the country’s disease control protocols set in place to curb the further widening of the virus.
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Before we move on to the guidelines and steps to align ourselves with before and after you arrive in Nigeria, you must note that Nigeria is open for tourist activities fully except for the need to adhere to the laid down protocols.
You must also note that Nigeria has no special protocols for passengers from America. By this, all passengers except those from restricted countries are entreated to go by the following protocols and guidelines.
Travel To Nigeria From USA
Before boarding your flight:
1. Passengers MUST perform a COVID-19 PCR test not more than 3 days (72 hours) before boarding. PCR test done more than 72 hours before departure is not valid and a person will not be allowed to board. Rapid antigen or antibody tests are not acceptable; only PCR tests can be used for this purpose. Test validity commences from the time of sample collection.
For passengers with multiple connections before arrival in Nigeria, the PCR test must be valid within 72 hours of boarding from the first point of departure. Passengers must bring along an electronic or hard copy of their COVID-19 PCR test for presentation at the departure airport and upon arrival in Nigeria.
2. All intending passengers must register via an online national travel portal (Nigeria International Travel Portal – https://nitp.ncdc.gov.ng) and proceed to fill in the online Health Declaration/Self-Reporting form located on the portal. Passengers must provide valid phone numbers, residential addresses, and functional e-mails where they can be contacted.
Passengers must also inform Port Health officials on the arrival of any change in their health status since the completion of the Health Declaration/Self-Reporting Form. Passengers who falsify their status as diplomats will face prosecution.
At the port check-in:
Before being admitted onto the flight, all passengers are supposed to comply with the following directives:
1. Present negative COVID-19 PCR test administered within 3 days (72 hours) of departure. Airlines have been directed not to board passengers with non-PCR COVID-19 tests (such as antigen/or antibody tests), a positive COVID-19 PCR test result, or tests performed beyond 72 hours to boarding.
2. Fill the Permit to Travel Certificate/QR Code – generated from the Nigeria International Travel Portal on completion of a health questionnaire, uploading of a negative COVID-19 PCR result, and schedule of PCR test at Day-7 of arrival in Nigeria. Passengers failing to show a Permit to Travel Certificate/QR Code will not be allowed to board.
While in Nigeria:
This is where things get more serious. All passengers at this stage are expected to follow the laws of the country.
1. Go through the routine Port Health screening and present electronic or print-out evidence of preboarding COVID-19 PCR test and the Permit to Travel Certificate/QR Code
2. Present their international passports for clearance through the Nigerian Immigration Service System’s Migrants Identification Data Analysis System (MIDAS)
3. Proceed on mandatory 7 days of self-isolation/quarantine in their selected in-country destination. Passengers are advised to avoid physical interaction with friends, family, colleagues, and other members of the public. Passengers should check their emails/text messages regularly for updates regarding the arrangement for their repeat COVID-19 PCR test from the laboratory of their choice.
4. Then make sure you show up at the laboratory/sample collection centers on the 7th day of arrival and pay the applicable fees for the COVID-19 PCR test. Samples will be taken, and a COVID-19 PCR test done. The selected private laboratory will send a reminder text message, email, or phone call to the passenger a day before the appointment.
Visit the Nigeria International Travel Portal Form to start plans for your travel to Nigeria from USA.