The Federal Government has issued a revised protocol for international following the detection of the Omicron COVID-19 variant worldwide.
The protocol was issued in a statement signed by Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, on Friday.
The Federal Government had on Monday announced that it will release a new travel protocol to prevent the Omicron COVID-19 variant from entering Nigeria.
In the new protocol issued on Friday and which take effect from 5 December, the Federal Government did not place any travel imposition on travellers from certain countries, contrary to what their counterparts in Europe, Asia and North America have done.
Instead, it said outbound travellers are required to provide either valid evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 or negative PCR test results within 48hrs from the time of boarding.
According to Mustapha, the review was based on science, national experience, and global developments.
The statement read: “The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 has reviewed the International Travel Protocol of October 22, 2021.
“All passengers arriving in Nigeria are expected to provide evidence of and comply with the following rules: COVID-19 PCR test to be done within 48hrs before departure, post-arrival day 2 COVID-19 PCR test, self-isolation for 7 days (for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals), and day 7 post-arrival exit PCR test (For unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals).
“The review of the protocol is based on science, national experience, and global developments. The PSC assures Nigerians, that it shall continue to monitor global and specific country situations with a view to taking necessary measures to safeguard the health of Nigerians.”
The PSC called on Nigerians to ensure that they receive their full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and also comply with public health social measures.
Omicron — identified as a “variant of concern” — was recently detected by South African authorities.
The World Health Organisation said Omicron has been detected in at least 23 countries, including the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, Botswana, Israel, Australia and Hong Kong.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) later announced on Wednesday that three cases of Omicron had been detected in the country.