Covid-19: FG urges Nigerian travelers to continue submitting health declaration form despite relaxed rules

The federal government has advised air passengers to intend to fill out the simple health declaration form on the Nigerian International Travel Portal before traveling to Nigeria to avoid additional delays upon arrival at airports.

This recommendation is despite the announcement of the relaxation of some Covid-19 protocols for travelers by the government.

This was revealed by the director-NCDC General Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa on Wednesday in Abuja, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The NCDC stated that its public health advisory comes after the presidential approval of the relaxation of COVID-19 safety measures and the travel advisory.

Nigerians should still get vaccinated

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Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa reiterated that the new relaxed rules include the lifting of COVID-19 protocols for travelers and also the mandatory use of face masks in public spaces and restrictions on mass gatherings, adding that the rules were relaxed due to to recent COVID-19 assessments. country situation,

  • He said, “However, we continue to advise Nigerians to visit the nearest government health center to get vaccinated if they have not previously been vaccinated.
  • “Fill out your vaccination dose if you are partially vaccinated and get your booster dose to boost immunity.
  • “People in the high-risk category for severe COVID-19, including hospitalization, are the elderly, people with conditions or treatments that affect their immune systems.”

Adetifa advised those with hypertension, diabetes, and other significant chronic diseases who continue to wear their mask in crowded places.

He also urged Nigerians to adhere to the published guidelines for home care for mild cases of COVID-19. here.

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  • He said, “Although it is no longer a prerequisite for travel, we recommend completing this simple health declaration form before traveling to Nigeria to avoid additional delays upon arrival at our airports.[

What you should know

Nairametrics reported yesterday that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had threatened to sanction any aviation service provider that fails to comply with the new directive from the Federal Government on the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Latest guidelines: A circular to all aviation service providers, seen by Nairametrics, explained that the prevalence of the Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria and most parts of the world has abated. 

  • This led the Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19 (PSC) to revise the Public Health guidelines on the pandemic. 
  • The NCAA said that, going forward, the use of face masks inside airport terminal buildings and on board aircraft by airport workers, passengers and crew members is no longer required. Instead, this would be discretionary, though recommended.
  • However, the regulatory agency said people 60 and older or those with serious medical conditions could wear face masks, wash their hands with soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers and avoid large gatherings.

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