The President Muhammadu Buhari administration has approved the immediate relaxation of the Safety Measures and Travel Advisory following the recommendations of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, more than two years after it implemented safety measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in the nation (PSC).
The decision was made based on clinical and laboratory evidence showing a persistent decrease in COVID-19 infection/transmission across the nation, according to Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee PSC on COVID-19.
“The eased measures include the following,” he stated.
“Prohibitions on congregating in public places: All restrictions on congregating in public places have been repealed. Facilities owners are particularly urged to ensure proper ventilation and environmental/respiratory hygiene.
“Use of Face Mask: For both indoor and outdoor events, the use of facemasks is at the discretion of the individual. However, it is advisable to use facemasks, wash hands with clean water and soap, use hand sanitizers, and avoid large gatherings for the elderly, immunocompromised, and those with co-morbidities.
All pre-departure and post-arrival PCR test requirements for anyone who is not completely immunized have been suspended for COVID-19 travel testing. Passengers would no longer be required to upload proof of vaccination on the Nigeria International Travel Portal due to the suspension of the preboarding and post-arrival PCR tests (NITP). All travelers who are unvaccinated or only partially immunized are highly advised to get completely immunized.
Form for Health Declaration. On the Nigeria International Travel Portal (NITP), all travelers traveling in Nigeria must fill out a condensed Health Declaration (not unique to COVID-19), though accommodations will be made upon arrival for those who were unable to do so before flying.
The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC) lastly makes an impassioned plea to Nigerians to make sure they get their initial COVID-19 vaccinations and any booster shots.