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Nigeria Issues New Travel Protocol For China, America, Europe-Bound Travellers

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Henceforth all intending passengers to China, departing from Nigeria are to obtain COVID-19 negative test certificate, the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Muhammad Babandede, directed in a statement on Friday.

According to the statement by NIS spokesman, DCI Sunday James, the passengers are required to take a Nucleic Acid test three days before departure with effect from September 1, 2020.

The statement titled, ‘Travel advisory for China, Europe, and North American-bound passengers due to COVID-19,’ said foreigners travelling to China and Chinese citizens must submit COVID-19 negative test certificate to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in Nigeria for issuance of required clearance for their journey to China.

Chinese citizens are to apply for ‘Green Health Codes’ with ‘HS’ mark, while other foreign nationals including Nigerians are to complete the health declaration forms.

“Non-resident Nigerians in Europe and North America are to avoid transiting France pending the lifting of travel restrictions due to COVID-19. Transit passengers to Europe and North America transiting through Paris must endeavour to present a valid permanent resident permit for their final destination and COVID-19 negative test certificate to enable them to gain entry into France,” it added.

The NIS stated that from July 1, 2020, only French nationals and residents are allowed into France with respect to the note verbale from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs conveying the travel advice from the French Embassy in Nigeria.

It further warned all China, Europe and North American-bound passengers to abide by these rules to avoid denial of departure from Nigeria and repatriation from destination countries.

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