ABUJA, 30 December 2020 – The Nigerian government says it will suspend the passports of travelers who evade the compulsory COVID-19 tests upon return to the country.
“With effect from 1stJanuary 2021, the passport details of the first 100 passengers that failed to take their day-seven post-arrival (COVID-19) test will be published,” said Boss Mustapha.
Mustapha is the chairpersons of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
“The passports (will be suspended), as a deterrent, will also be suspended till June 2021,” Mustapha warned.
All travelers entering Nigeria are expected to self-isolate and carry out a COVID-19 test seven days after their arrival, according to guidelines from the PTF cited Tuesday by the Abuja-based Premium Times.
At an earlier briefing attended by Premium Times, Mustapha had said a total of 20,216 passengers failed to observe the seven days’ isolation or present themselves for testing on Day Seven.
The violation of these guidelines may have contributed to the recent spike in coronavirus cases in Nigeria, according to Mustapha.
As of 29 December 2020, Nigeria had recorded 84,811 cases of the virus, a total of 1,264 fatalities and 71,357 full recoveries, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.