Health Alert: U.S. Mission in Nigeria (March 30, 2020) Buhari Announces Cessation of Movement

On March 29, President Buhari announced a cessation of movement in Lagos and Ogun States and in the Federal Capital Territory to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The lockdown will commence at 11:00 pm on March 30 and 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.

We are working with the Government of Nigeria to establish mechanisms for Americans’ movements to evacuation in light of the shutdown and will update you on developments.

 Actions to Take:

Assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria
    Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area
    +234 (9) 461-4000 during business hours; after hours press zero (0)
    AbujaACS@state.gov
  • U.S. Consulate General Lagos, Nigeria
    2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island
    +234 (1) 461-3400 during business hours and after hours
    LagosACS@state.gov
  • State Department – Consular Affairs
    888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
  • Nigeria Country Information
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