The Nigerian Government says all persons, citizens or foreigners, coming into the country will be required to leave their passports with the Nigeria Immigration Service for two weeks pending the verification of their COVID-19 status.
The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated this in a circular addressed to all diplomatic, consular and international organisations accredited to Nigeria.
The circular dated June 10, said the only category of persons that would be exempted from this new rule are those who possess a diplomatic passport.
It partly read, “Persons who have arrived in Nigeria are advised to self-isolate for 14 days and to remain in the city/state where the point of entry is located (i.e Lagos or Abuja) throughout the duration of self-quarantine.
“If not resident in Lagos, passengers shall make arrangements for accommodation at their own cost. Please note that the Federal Government will not be responsible for providing accommodation or transportation to the place of abode.
“Passengers will be cleared through the Nigeria Immigration Service System’s Migrant Identification and Data Analysis System and their passports retained until after successful completion of 14 days self-quarantine except diplomatic passport holders.”
It added that persons, who are unable to remain in Lagos or Abuja throughout the period of self-quarantine, could return to their states of residence only after their samples have been collected and have tested negative for COVID-19.
Such persons are also required to give their full contact details.