The federal government on Wednesday announced entry restrictions for travelers from 13 high-risk Covid-19 countries.
The countries are China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, United States of America, Norway, United Kingdom, Netherlands and Switzerland.
Each country has more than 1,000 cases of the disease, according to the Presidential Task Force at COVID19, which released a statement on Wednesday morning.
The 12-member committee is chaired by the Federation Government Secretary, Chief Mustapha.
The new directive is coming less than 12 hours after the government has banned all travel abroad for civil servants in the country.
Mustapha provided details of the restrictions in a statement sent to journalists.
“The federal government of Nigeria is restricting entry to the country for travelers from the following thirteen (13) countries; China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, Norway, United States of America, United Kingdom, Holland and Switzerland. These are all countries with more than 1,000 cases in the domestic market;
“All people who arrive in Nigeria who may have visited these countries, fifteen days before that arrival, will be subjected to self-isolation and supervised tests for 14 days;
“The federal government temporarily suspends the issuance of all visas on arrival;
“The federal government is also advising all Nigerians to cancel or postpone all non-essential travel to these countries; and
“The Federal Government urges Public Health Authorities in countries with a high burden to carry out diligent passenger departure screening and also endorse these travel notices to their nationals to postpone travel to Nigeria.
“These restrictions will take effect on Saturday, March 21, 2020 for four (4) weeks subject to review,” said Mustapha, indicating that the restrictions will not start immediately.
The travel restriction is believed to have been made after the government confirmed five new cases of the disease, all in travelers from the UK and the U.S.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 to Nigeria to eight, although one of the previous three has fully recovered.
Health Minister Osagie Ehanire confirmed the new cases at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday morning.