Nigerians who want to return to the country due to the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus, will have to pay an extra N297,600 on their flight tickets, to cover their stay in isolation, the foreign affairs ministry has said.
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Nigerian missions abroad have been asked to inform Nigerians who are willing to be repatriated of the required extra payment before evacuation.
Ferdinand Nwonye, foreign affairs spokesperson, confirmed the new guidelines, according to Daily Trust.
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Meanwhile, the federal government is footing the quarantine bill for 600 Nigerians already evacuated from the United Arab Emirates, Britain and the United States, Nwonye said.
A letter to the Nigerian mission in Thailand, dated May 14, 2020 and signed by the Head of Chancery, Nigerian Mission in Thailand, Nicholas Uhomoibhi, said:
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“Dear prospective evacuees, I am directed to bring to your attention that due to measures that are beyond the control of the COVID-19 local organising team in Nigeria, all evacuees going to Nigeria henceforth are to now pay (for) quarantine, isolation, accommodation centre or hotel before departure and arrival in Nigeria.
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“In this regard, all prospective evacuees are to note the negotiated rate: Accommodation, N15,000 for 16 days (N240,000);
“Feeding, N3,600 for 16 days (N57,000). Total, N297,600.” “Kindly note that the rates were negotiated in Nigeria and the embassy has been directed not to airlift any evacuees who fail to pay the fees.”
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Nwonye noted that similar letters have been sent to other missions.
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