The Government of Nigeria has placed a travel ban (entry restriction) on 13 countries with high-burden of coronavirus.
The countries are China, Iran, South Korea, Germany, Italy, United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, France, and Japan.
Punch reported that Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and chairman of the Presidential Task Force for the Control of Covid-19 made the travel ban announcement on Wednesday morning at a press briefing.
“The restriction will come into effect from Saturday for four weeks, subject to review, “
“All persons arriving in Nigeria who might have visited these countries 15 days prior to such arrival will be subjected to supervised self-isolation and testing for 14 days.
“The Federal Government is temporarily suspending the issuance of all visas on arrival.
“The Federal Government is also counselling all Nigerians to cancel or postpone all nonessential travels to these countries.
“The Federal Government urges public health authorities of countries with a high burden to conduct diligent departure screening of passengers and also endorse this travel advisory to their nationals to postpone travels to Nigeria.”
As at the time of writing this report, there are 204,610 cases of coronavirus in the world: 82,866 recoveries, 8,269 deaths.