Covid-19: FG announces new guidelines for flights and passengers in the UK, South Africa

Passengers traveling to Nigeria from the UK and South Africa will have to meet certain fresh requirements for COVID-19 from 28 December, the federal government has announced.

National Coordinator of the Presidential Working Group for COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu announced on Thursday in Abuja that it will take effect on December 28, 2020, in addition to other general international travel requirements, travelers from the two countries must be familiar with the new requirements.

Aliyu explained that this was due to the discovery of a new strain of COVID-19 in both countries and the need to protect Nigerians.

He warned that non-payers will be sanctioned, and the fines will range from the suspension of passports or visas for at least six months and others.

According to him, “There are new travel conditions for people traveling from the UK and South Africa effective from 0001 hours on Monday, December 28, 2020.

“It is the responsibility of these passengers to make sure they are familiar with these new rules, and airlines will be notified.”

He added that in addition to the general requirements for international travel, a special register will be opened for travelers from Great Britain and South Africa in order to enable monitoring of their activities and movements in the country.

He said, “At the airport, we will open a special register for all passengers coming from these two countries.

“We will have increased surveillance so that these passengers can be contacted once they get home.

“We will check for symptoms.

“But more importantly by day 7, we expect these passengers, like all other passengers coming from outside the country, to independently go for the COVID PCR test you had to pay for before boarding the plane.”

He found out President Muhammadu Buhari had during his meeting with PTF members on Tuesday approved conditions and penalties for perpetrators.

He said, “If you do not take the test on the 7th day to the 10th day, you will automatically go to the list of suspensions and travel documents, the passport will be suspended for at least six months.

“If you have a visa with a foreign passport, we will revoke it. And since it is easier to track a smaller group of people than a large number of passengers, which has always been a challenge we have, we can now implement this especially for passengers coming from these routes until further notice. “

While urging all passengers to respect the COVID-19 protocols, Dr. Aliyu said a dissuasive passport number of some defaulters would be released on Monday.

“People who present false PCR results at our airports on departure or if they have established that they have presented a false PCR COVID 19 result on arrival.”

“In addition to this, this weekend we will publish the first list of 100 Nigerian passport numbers that will be suspended for six months.

“We have already contacted the passengers and confirmed that they did not have their COVID PCR test.

“We will not publish names, but we will publish passport numbers, and from now on we demand that people who travel must make sure that they adhere to our protocols, because it will be a consequence if you do not do that in terms of fines,” Aliyu noticed.

Meanwhile, the former vice president Atiku Abubakar has previously called on the Nigerian government to ban flights between the UK and Nigeria to avoid importing a new strain of COVID-19 into the country.

Earlier, Naija News he also reported it China also joined a growing list of countries banning flights from the UK for fear of importing a new strain of COVID-19 into their countries.

Source: Naija News