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FG Suspends COVID-19 Tests For Travelers

FG Suspends COVID-19 Tests For Travelers 

The usage of facemasks will no longer be required, according to the FG.

By Omotayo Olutekunbi

The immediate easing of the COVID-19 safety precautions and travel tips has been given the federal government’s approval.

On Monday, December 12, 2022, Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC) and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, declared this.

A consistent decrease in COVID-19 infection and transmission across the nation, as shown by clinical and laboratory data, led to the creation, in Mustapha’s opinion, following the PSC’s recommendations.

The FG said in the announcement that facemask use would no longer be required.

However, the government recommended using facemasks, washing hands with soap and water, using hand sanitizers, and avoiding big gatherings for the elderly, immunocompromised, and those with co-morbidities.

The statement reads in part: “All pre-departure and post-arrival PCR test requirements for all persons who are not fully vaccinated have been suspended,” the statement reads in part.

“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); while provision will be made on arrival for those who were 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.”

Mustapha said that there are no longer any limitations on assembling in public areas.

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