The Federal Government has declared that all persons – whether citizens or foreigners – coming into the country will be required to leave their passports with the Nigeria Immigration Service for two weeks pending the verification of their COVID-19 status.
Only those who possess diplomatic passports are exempted from the new rule aimed to curb the spread of Covid-19.
This was made known in a circular sent out by the the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This circular was addressed to all diplomatic, consular and international organisations accredited to Nigeria.
The circular says:
Persons who have arrived in Nigeria are advised to self-isolate for 14 days and to remain in the city/state where the point of entry is located (i.e Lagos or Abuja) throughout the duration of self-quarantine. If not resident in Lagos, passengers shall make arrangements for accommodation at their own cost. Please note that the Federal Government will not be responsible for providing accommodation or transportation to the place of abode.
Passengers will be cleared through the Nigeria Immigration Service System’s Migrant Identification and Data Analysis System and their passports retained until after successful completion of 14 days self-quarantine except diplomatic passport holders.
When all the COVID-19 protocols and precautions had been followed, instructions would be given to the NIS to release the passports to their owners.
Also, alternative arrangements could be made to collect passports via special delivery.