FG scraps Post-arrival PCR Test for Fully Vaccinated Travellers

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The Federal government has scrapped post-arrival PCR COVID tests for fully vaccinated travelers entering Nigeria.

According to a revised travel protocol released by the Boss Mustapha, the chairman of the presidential steering committee (PSC) on COVID-19, fully vaccinated passengers are required to show evidence of a “verifiable” vaccination certificate and permit to travel certificate.

He stated that passengers who are not able to show evidence of full vaccination will be treated as unvaccinated or partially vaccinated under the new protocol. He added that the new measures will be effective from April 4.

“In-bound passengers to Nigeria who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to carry out COVID-19 PCR test before boarding Nigeria-bound flights.

“Fully vaccinated passengers arriving Nigeria will not also be required to carry out post-arrival PCR test or a rapid antigen test upon arriving Nigeria.

“Children below the age of 18 years will be accorded the same privileges as persons who are fully vaccinated;

“In-bound passengers who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated for COVID-19 shall take a COVID-19 PCR test 48 hrs before departure and undergo days 2 and 7 post-arrival PCR tests at their own cost.

“Travelers who are fully vaccinated are not required to observe the mandatory 7-day quarantine nor undertake the day 2 and day 7 post-arrival PCR tests,” the protocol reads in part.

The PSC advised passengers travelling out of Nigeria to have evidence of full vaccination; comply with the COVID-19 guidelines and testing requirements of their destination or transit countries before embarking on the journey.