The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 at the weekend gave new guidelines for inbound passengers, reducing the validity period of pre-boarding COVID-19 PCR test from 96 to 72 hours.
The new guidelines, among others, ban air travellers from India, Brazil and Turkey, with a fine of $3,500 per defaulting passenger. Covid-19 in India has become a global concern in recent weeks.
In addition to the ban, non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil, India or Turkey within 14 days preceding travel to Nigeria will be denied entry into the country.
This regulation, however, does not apply to individuals who transited through these countries.
For arriving passenger who fails to comply, the airline shall mandatorily pay a penalty of $3,500 for each defaulting passenger, while non-Nigerians will be outrightly denied entry and returned to the country from where they had embarked.
The Federal government is not taking chances as new strains of Covid-19 hit India. The country has also battled with the rising cases among its citizens, seeing a daily rise of over 300,000. The Indian Covid-19 variant has also been recorded in Uganda, Turkey and Brazil.