Immigration Begins Enforcement Ban On Travellers Over COVID-19 Protocol Breach

Yemisi Izuora

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede has directed relevant formations; to enforce temporary travel restriction imposed by the federal government on 100 COVID-19 safety protocol defaulting passengers.

According to a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, January 4, by the NIS Public Relations Officer Sunday James; the defaulting passengers have been restricted for a period of six months beginning from January 1 to June 30.

He noted that the passengers were restricted; “due to non-compliance with the mandatory Day 7 post-arrival COVID-19 Polymerise Chain Reaction (PCR) test by all in-bound travellers.

“All the affected passengers have been notified; and will be prevented from travelling passport re-issuance and travelling outside the country during this period.

“The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) hereby warns all affected passengers to comply; to avoid breaching public health protocols and refusal of departure’’.

The federal government had earlier announced that the details of the passports of the first 100 passengers who failed to undergo COVID-19 testing after returning to the country will be revealed publicly and the passports will also be suspended.

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