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REVISED QUARANTINE PROTOCOL PROTOCOL FOR THE EVACUATION OF NIGERIANS STRANDED ABROAD AND RETURNEES/PERSONS ARRIVING IN NIGERIA FROM ANY COUNTRY

COVID-19 RESPONSE: REVISED QUARANTINE PROTOCOL
PROTOCOL FOR THE EVACUATION OF NIGERIANS STRANDED ABROAD AND
RETURNEES/PERSONS ARRIVING IN NIGERIA FROM ANY COUNTRY

A. PRE-DEPARTURE FROM COUNTRY OF EXIT

i. All Nigerians abroad should register themselves with the relevant Nigerian Missions in the country where they are stranded and provide the necessary information required to ensure effective implementation of this protocol;

ii. Nigerian Missions will coordinate and provide clearance for the evacuation of Nigerians abroad, working with the relevant government agencies. All evacuation flights must be signed off by the responsible Nigerian Mission;

iii. The Missions must provide sufficient information to airport authorities in Nigeria at least 72 hours prior to departure to enable proper categorisation of evacuees. This
includes passenger’s biodata, phone number, permanent residence in Nigeria, and place of stay in Abuja or Lagos for the period of self-isolation/quarantine;

iv. Priority will be placed on the evacuation of those cases in challenging circumstances including short-term visitors, those on medical and official trips, family holidays, pregnant women, elderly persons and students;

v. Evacuation flights will only be allowed into Abuja and Lagos for now, with a limit of not more than 500 passengers for each destination per week in order to accommodate current laboratory sampling capacity;

vi. The cost of travel will be borne by travelers, including in-country transportation and accommodation as required by this policy;

vii. The Nigerian Missions must engage the relevant government agencies to support the process for the evacuation of vulnerable persons including victims of trafficking;

viii. All intending travelers will be provided with an information leaflet prior to time of travel specifying the process for admission into Nigeria;

ix. Pre-boarding, all travelers must sign an undertaking that they consent to the additional public health measures required to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including self-isolation on arrival in Abuja or Lagos for a period of 14 days, provide
accurate contact details and have a COVID-19 PCR test repeated in Nigeria, after arrival;

x. All intending travelers to Nigeria must have tested NEGATIVE for COVID-19 (by PCR test in country of departure pre-boarding). The PCR test MUST be within 2 weeks before departure and preferably not less than 5 days pre-boarding;

xi. Tests done more than two weeks before departure are not valid and persons will not be allowed to board; but for the 5 days minimum, this is advisory and will not preclude boarding;

xii. At the time of boarding, all travelers will undergo thermal screening for fever and symptoms of COVID-19. Passengers with COVID-19 related signs and symptoms will not be allowed to board the flight;

xiii. Airlines must only board passengers with test results showing that the tests were done within the stipulated 14 days before boarding;

a. Non- Nigerians may be refused entry and returned to the point of
embarkation at cost to the Airlines.

b. Nigerians will be allowed entry but subjected to the 14 days mandatory
quarantine at a facility approved by Government and at cost to the
passenger(s).

c. Airlines will be fined USD 3,500 per passenger for failure to comply with the pre-boarding requirements.

B. ON ARRIVAL IN NIGERIA
All passengers/persons arriving in Nigeria will be:

(i) Required to, on arrival at the airport, fill a self-reporting form and go through the normal Port Health screening where they will be provided information on where to present themselves for sample collection with allocated timing within 72 hours of arrival, depending on the number of passengers;

(ii) Passengers are required to submit their international passports for clearance
through the Nigeria Immigration System’s Migrants Identification Data Analysis
System (MIDAS). The biodata page including passenger’s picture will be
forwarded to the COVID-19 PCR Sample Collection Centre to enable proper identification before sample collection. Passports will be retained until completion of the 14 days self -isolation/quarantine period;

(iii) Passengers will be allowed to go home at their own cost, but must present themselves at the sample collection center at the allocated time; samples will be taken, and a COVID-19 PCR test done;

(iv) Test results will be ready within 24 to 48 hours and Port Health Services & the Nigeria Center for Disease Control will be informed accordingly.

a. Persons who test POSITIVE for COVID-19 will be transferred to
Treatment Centers;

b. Persons who test NEGATIVE for COVID -19, will be required to undergo supervised 14 days self- isolation/quarantine during which time, they
need to avoid physical interaction with friends, family and staff (observe strict physical and social distancing); and

c. Travelers reporting or developing symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival, or
during screening will not be allowed to self-quarantine and will be placed
in institutional quarantine;

(v) For deportees, if one person tests positive for COVID-19, all close primary contacts will be required to undergo enhanced screening and an exit PCR test if necessary;

(vi) Persons who develop symptoms of COVID-19 during the
observation/quarantine period will be required to call an identified/designated number and will immediately be taken for testing and if positive, sent to a Treatment Center or continue self-isolation as may be approved by the Case Management Team;

(vii) Passenger are advised to remain in the City/State where the point of entry (POE) is located until the end of the 14 days self-isolation /quarantine and remain reachable during this period;

(viii) Receive free Travelers Kits which contain:

a. A digital clinical thermometer;

b. Temperature monitoring form on google sheets for e-monitoring;

c. Alcohol based hand sanitizer;

d. Documented guidelines for self-quarantine;

e. Pamphlet on COVID-19; and

f. Face mask;

(ix) Passengers will be monitored by Public Health Officers during the period of self-isolation/quarantine. Persons who develop symptoms of COVID-19 will be retested and if test results are positive, transferred to a Treatment center. For this – they will be required to provide a functioning (Nigeria) telephone number to Port Health Officials on arrival;

(x) Persons who are unable to remain in Lagos or Abuja throughout the period of self-quarantine may return to their States of residence ONLY after:

a. Providing samples and tested NEGATIVE for COVID-19.

b. Providing Public Health Officials with their full and correct address and phone number where they can be reached.

C. EXIT FROM SELF-ISOLATION
Day 14

Persons who have completed 14 days of self-isolation/quarantine will:

(i) Have an exit interview by phone on their 14th day by the monitoring team;

(ii) If this is satisfactory, their details will be forwarded to the Nigeria Immigration Service to enable the release of their passports upon completion of the 14 days
self -isolation/quarantine; and

(iii) Passengers may make alternative arrangements to collect their passports from the Nigeria Immigration Service, such as via special delivery, DHL etc.

This protocol will come into effect from Monday, 8th June, 2020.

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