Covid-19: Nigeria makes U-turn, restricts entry for visitors from high-risk countries

Posted: March 18, 2020 in general

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Following the huge outcry which trailed an earlier decision to welcome all in-bound arrivals, Nigeria has now made a policy u-turn as it, Wednesday, issued a directive restricting travellers from high-risk corona virus (covid-19) endemic countries.

An unsigned statement from the Presidency, Wednesday morning, listed such high-risk countries to include; China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, Norway, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Switzerland.

According to the statement, these are all countries with over 1,000 cases domestically.

“The Federal Government is temporarily suspending all visas issued to nationals from these countries. Nigerians arriving from these countries will be subjected to supervised isolation for 14 days.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria is also advising all Nigerians to avoid travel to these countries.

“These restrictions will come into effect from Fri 20 March 2020 for 4 weeks subject to review,” the statement read.

Also Wednesday, Cameroon’s Prime Minister, Joseph Ngute, announced the closure of all the country’s borders until further notice over the spreading corona virus.

The country on the eastern borders of Nigeria, said in a statement, Wednesday, ‘that as of March 18 all land, sea, and air borders are closed until further announcement due to COVID-19.  American citizens with questions should contact Embassy Yaoundé’s Consular Section at’

Only, Tuesday, the southern Africa nation of Botswana banned entry for international visitors from the high-risk nation, while subjecting it’s national from these countries to a mandatory 14-day self quarantine.

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