Aviation: Nigerian Govt. Lifts Travel Restriction On Passengers From South Africa, Turkey, Brazil, says Federal workers to now show proof of COVID-19 vaccination 

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Four months after it placed travel restrictions on air travellers from some countries due to high incidences of the coronavirus pandemic, the Nigerian Government says it has lifted travel restrictions it placed on South Africa, Turkey and Brazil.

This is just the government stated that federal employees in the country will now be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result done within 72 hours, to gain access to their offices, in all locations within Nigeria and Missions as from 1st December, 2021.

The Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on Covid -19, Boss Mustapha, at a national briefing on Wednesday said Statistics generated over the last four weeks on testing have shown that the trend of infection is going down in some states while in others, the trajectory is upward, noting that the combined total for testing by PCR and RDT now stands at about 3.141, 795 million persons.

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Mustapha stated that Aviation authorities in collaboration with the diplomatic sector have made reasonable progress in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure that the impasse with the UAE Authorities is resolved.

He said: “Statistics generated over the last four weeks on testing have shown that the trend of infection is going down in some states while in others, the trajectory is upward. The combined total for testing by PCR and RDT now stands at about 3.141, 795 million persons.

“The Aviation authorities in collaboration with the diplomatic sector have made reasonable progress in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Discussions are still on-going with the UAE Authorities to resolve the impasse. The Hon Minister of Aviation today, presented the position of African countries on Vaccine Passport which some economic blocks and countries wish to impose, for travel purposes. This is because African countries have found it difficult to access the vaccines for their citizens in sufficient number.

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“Over several months, four countries were placed on high level restriction for travelers from such countries. The PSC has after a review of the developments in these countries, decided to remove South Africa, Turkey, and Brazil from the restricted list.

“As you are aware, the UK has eased restrictions on fully vaccinated travelers from Nigeria to the UK with effect from 11th October. Nigeria welcomes this development and assures that the PSC shall continue to review Nigeria’s protocols based on global developments, science and national experience. A revised protocol will be issued in the next 24 hours.

“With effect from 1st December, 2021, Federal Government employees shall be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result done within 72 hours, to gain access to their offices, in all locations within Nigeria and our Missions. An appropriate service wide advisory/circular will be issued to guide the process.

“The PSC wishes to put Nigerians on notice that two major religious festivities (Salah and Christmas) are approaching and we shall be experiencing increased passenger traffic in and out of the country. “Similarly, events of large gatherings are likely to hold. While the PSC prepares to escalate surveillance and other control activities, we urge the States and all Nigerians to also increase their vigilance and take measure to moderate activities” he said.

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