The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who doubles as the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 as reiterated the need for travellers coming into Nigeria to take testing for COVID-19 seriously before arrival.

During the PTF COVID-19 Press briefing on Thursday, the SGF said: “Nigeria reopened the international airspace on 5th September, with flights allowed into Lagos and Abuja for now. Other International Airports will follow in due course.

“The PTF has also released the guidelines and protocols regarding the international flights, the obligations of airlines, the pre-boarding conditions and post-boarding choices available to passengers regarding arrangements and facilities for testing. Travelers are to visit the Nigeria International Travel Portal- to register before embarking on any international travels in and out of Nigeria.

“For emphasis, I wish to reiterate that all travelers arriving in Nigeria must have tested negative for COVID-19 by PCR in country of departure pre-boarding and the PCR test must be done within 72-96 hours before departure. It is also important to note that passengers are required to remain in self-isolation post-arrival and should undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test in a designated private laboratory by the seventh day after arrival.

The PTF is aware of and working with our partners to speedily resolve the teething challenges faced by intending travellers in accessing the portal, the costs of the test on arrival, inability to complete payment online and consequential inability to board. We therefore apologise to everyone that had experienced these challenges using the platform. We assure all Nigerians and visitors to Nigeria that the PTF is working across multi-layer stakeholder platforms to ease the bottlenecks.