Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location:  Abuja

Event:  Status of Abuja Flights

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja continues to actively work with Washington to organize evacuation flights for U.S. citizens, as part of the world-wide repatriation effort.  We continue to assess the most efficient flights given the plethora of national and international border closures and travel restrictions.  However, the Embassy in Abuja does not have specific flight dates at this time. We are also working with the Government of Nigeria to ensure that – when flights do become available – U.S. citizens can safely travel to Abuja given the recent “lockdown” announcement.

On March 29, President Buhari announced a cessation of movement in the Federal Capital Territory and in Lagos and Ogun States to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The lockdown went into effect at 11:00 pm on March 30 and will remain in place for an initial period of fourteen days.  During this time, businesses and offices must remain closed and people are expected to stay at home.  The lockdown has some exemptions, including hospitals and healthcare facilities and some commercial establishments in the food, energy, petroleum, and security sectors.  Many hotels have already closed, and we anticipate more will close in response to this lockdown announcement.  If you plan to travel to Abuja or Lagos for an evacuation flight, please make sure you have made all necessary arrangements for your transportation and accommodations.  The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and U.S. Consulate General in Lagos are unable to assist with the procurement or funding of lodging, transportation, medication, and food for those affected.

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