Federal Government has said that fully vaccinated travellers would no longer be required to take a pre-departure PCR COVID-19 test.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at the National briefing of the Committee in Abuja on Monday after the complaints by many travellers over the cost placed on the PCR test, noting that they will be subjected to rapid antigen test at the airport by the NCDC within the arrival hall of the airport free of charge.
In his statement, he said that passengers, who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated are mandated to take a COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours before departure or do a Day 2 and day 7 test on arrival, noting that such passengers must pay for the tests.
Mustapha further disclosed that this directive would take effect from April 4.
“The PSC has reviewed these situations around the world and applies such to the situation in Nigeria and have revised the International Travel Protocols, which should come into effect on Monday, 4th April, 2022 as follows: “Inbound (fully vaccinated) passengers arriving in Nigeria will no longer be required to take a pre-departure PCR COVID-19 Test;
“On arrival, for fully vaccinated passengers, a sample will be taken at the airport for rapid antigen test by the NCDC within the arrival hall of the airport;
Passengers who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated shall take a COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours before departure, or do a Day 2 and day 7 test on arrival. Such passengers will be expected to pay for their PCR tests through the travel platform.
“Fully vaccinated passengers will not be charged for arrival rapid antigen tests at the airport;Rules that apply to fully vaccinated adults also apply to children aged 10 – 18 years; they will not be required to have pre-arrival PCR tests but will have a sample taken at the arrival hall but not charged,” he mentioned.
Mustapha thereby urged all passengers travelling out of Nigeria to be fully vaccinated and to comply with COVID-19 protocols and requirements in their country of destination.