The COVID-19 pandemic about two years ago was difficult for most countries. Nigeria and its citizens were not exempted, as most sectors closed for safety reasons. The government banned public social gatherings and travel, and COVID-19 tests and face masks were the order of the day.
Thankfully that time-stopping period is now behind many countries, with Nigeria being the latest country to lift all COVID-19 restrictions.
On Monday, 12th December 2022, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration approved the relaxation of Safety Measures and Travel Advisory upon recommendations by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC).
The announcement was made by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC) and signed by its chairman, Boss Mustapha. He suggested that the decision was made with solid clinical evidence backing it. According to him, Clinical and Laboratory evidence showed a sustained decrease in COVID-19 infection and transmission across Nigeria.
The relaxed measures include the following:
Gathering limitations in Public Places: Thanks to the lifting of the COVID-19 restrictions, all restrictions concerning gathering in public places have been lifted. Facilities owners are strongly encouraged to maintain good environmental/respiratory hygiene and ventilation.
Use of Face Mask: Facemasks are at the individual’s discretion for outdoor and indoor events. However, the elderly, immunocompromised and those with co-morbidities are advised to use facemasks, wash hands with clean water and soap, use hand sanitisers, and avoid large gatherings.
COVID-19 Travel Testing: All pre-departure and post-arrival PCR test requirements for all persons who are not fully vaccinated have been suspended. With the suspension of both the preboarding and post-arrival PCR tests, passengers will no longer be required to upload evidence of vaccination on the Nigeria International Travel Portal (NITP). All unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers are strongly encouraged to get fully vaccinated.
Health Declaration Form: A simplified Health Declaration (non-COVID-19 specific) shall be completed by all passengers arriving in Nigeria on the Nigeria International Travel Portal (NITP). At the same time, a provision will be made on arrival for those unable to complete this form before departure.
Finally, the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC) passionately appeals to Nigerians to ensure that they take their COVID-19 vaccinations as well as booster doses.
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