COVID-19: Nigerian gov’t removes South Africa, Brazil, Turkey from travel restriction list

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The federal government has removed South Africa, Turkey and Brazil from the list of countries where high level restriction was placed on travelers from visiting to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation/Chairman Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha announced the decision at a press briefing yesterday.

He said the lifting of the restriction was with immediate effect.

The three countries were among the worst hit by the deadly COVID-19 Delta strain that claimed many lives and the federal government had restricted travellers from entering Nigeria over the high infection rates recorded in the affected countries.

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Mustapha said the decision to ease the restriction was taken by the PSC after a marathon session on Wednesday after the PSC reviewed the developments in the affected countries.

“Over several months, four countries were placed on high level restriction for travlers from such countries. The PSC has, after a review of the developments in these countries, decided to remove South Africa, Turkey, and Brazil from the restricted list,” he said.

“As you are aware, the UK has eased restrictions on fully vaccinated travelers from Nigeria to the UK with effect from 11th October. Nigeria welcomes this development and assures that the PSC shall continue to review Nigeria’s protocols based on global developments, science and national experience.

“A revised protocol will be issued in the next 24 hours.”

Mustapha also advised Nigerians to ensure continued adherence to the COVID protocol, considering that the country will soon enter the season of festivities.

“The PSC wishes to put Nigerians on notice that two major religious festivities (Salah and Christmas) are approaching and we shall be experiencing increased passenger traffic in and out of the country,” he said.

“Similarly, events of large gatherings are likely to hold.

“While the PSC prepares to escalate surveillance and other control activities, we urge the states and all Nigerians to also increase their vigilance and take measure to moderate activities.”

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