The federal government yesterday issued fresh travel protocols for China, North America and Europe-bound passengers, saying failure to strictly adhere to laid down procedures would lead to denial from departure or repatriation.
Comptroller-general of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, made this known in a statement made available to journalists by the service spokesman, Sunday James, in Abuja.
The statement directed all intending passengers to China to obtain COVID-19 negative test certificate before departure.
According to NIS, passengers are required to take a Nucleic Acid test three days before departure with effect from September.
It added that the development was in line with the request of the affected countries, particularly from Chinese and French embassies.
Emphasising that Chinese citizens are required to apply for “Green Health Codes” with “HS” mark, NIS said, “Other foreign nationals, including Nigerians, are to complete Health Declaration Forms.
“All the two categories of travellers; foreigners to China and Chinese citizens are to submit COVID-19 negative test certificate to the Chinese Embassy or consulate in Nigeria for issuance of required clearance for their journey to China”.
It advised non-resident Nigerians in Europe and North America to avoid transiting through France pending the lifting of travel restrictions due to COVID-19, adding that transit passengers to Europe and North America transiting through Paris must endeavour to present a valid Permanent Resident Permit (PRP) for their final destination and COVID-19 negative test certificate to enable them entry into France.
LEADERSHIP Weekend recalls that since July, 2020, only French nationals and residents were allowed into the country (France) with respect to the note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs conveying the Travel Advice from the French Embassy in Nigeria.