Coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 travel restriction has claimed over 500,000 lives in 188 countries and made itself a nemesis against freedom of movement, having restricted us to our homes for months and forced us to abide by a curfew. International and Domestic traveling has become difficult in a bid to contain the spread of the virus until a vaccine can be found.
The federal government of Nigeria suspended all international and domestic commercial flights into and within Nigeria due to COVID-19on the 2nd of March 2020. However, Secretary to the Government of the federation, Boss Mustapha announced that Interstate travel ban has been lifted and domestic flights will resume.
If you intend to have safe interstate travel it is expected that you follow the safety guidelines put in place.
COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR TRAVELLERS
According to the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN);
- Be at the airport 2-3 hours before your flight
- Wear face mask before entering the airport terminals
- Maintain social distance at all time while at the terminal building
- Non-traveling passengers will not be allowed into the airport terminal building.
WHO ARE EXEMPTED FROM THE TRAVEL GUIDELINES?
FAAN has made it known that no individual, no matter how highly placed are exempted from following the guidelines
the airport is currently operating.
Domestic flights as commenced normal operations at all airports in Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Maiduguri, Owerri and Port Harcourt.
COUNTRIES ALLOWED INTO NIGERIA DUE TO COVID-19
The first case of COVID-19 was first confirmed in Nigeria by The Federal Ministry of Health in Lagos State on the 27th of February 2020, the case was an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos on the 25th of February 2020. He was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos
University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. Nigeria has since closed its border against other countries as a measure of control against the virus until further notice. Although, domestic flights as commenced, a specific date for the resumption of international flights is yet to be given. Therefore, all airports in Nigeria are closed to all incoming international flights except emergency and essential flights.
Considering the commencement of Domestic flight, isn’t Nigeria ready to resume international flight?