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Africa: Covid-19 Journey Ban – Nigeria Removes South Africa, Turkey, Brazil From Record of Restricted International locations – NewsEverything Africa

The federal government stated the choice was taken after a cautious evaluation of the pandemic state of affairs within the three international locations.

The Nigerian authorities has eliminated South Africa, Brazil and Turkey from the listing of restricted international locations with an embargo positioned on inbound non-Nigerian passengers.

In response to the chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, the choice was taken after a cautious evaluation of the pandemic state of affairs within the three international locations.

“Over a number of months, 4 international locations had been positioned on high-level restrictions for travellers from such international locations. The PSC has, after a evaluation of the developments in these international locations, determined to take away South Africa, Turkey, and Brazil from the restricted listing,” Mr Mustapha stated.

Restrictions

The Nigerian authorities, on Could 2, 2021, introduced a short lived ban on non-Nigerian passengers who’ve been in Brazil, India, or Turkey inside 14 days of meant arrival into Nigeria.

South Africa was additionally added to the listing in June following a rise in COVID-19 circumstances and the delta variant’s presence, which continues to wreak havoc world wide.

The federal government famous that precautionary measures are essential to mitigate the danger of importation of variants of concern and can break the chain of transmission to the inhabitants.

Nigerian passengers from these international locations are additionally anticipated to fulfil some stringent circumstances earlier than they’re allowed into the nation.

However earlier in September, the federal government eliminated India from the listing when it felt there have been “indicators of serious enchancment within the coronavirus an infection administration within the nation.”

In the meantime, previous to the lifting of the restrictions, the federal authorities had expressed remorse over the perspective of some Nigerians who it alleged flew into the nation from these international locations initially tagged as ‘excessive danger’ however failed to watch the obligatory protocols put in place.