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Routine Message:  Update and Importance of Enrolling in STEP
March 26, 2020

Location:  Nigeria

Event:  The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria grew to 51 since yesterday.  While no new announcements have been made from the federal or state government level, we are closely monitoring the situation should additional closures take place to further combat the spread of the virus. 

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) announced that all international airports in Nigeria are closed until April 23, 2020.  For U.S. citizens who have expressed an interest in returning to the United States, we are reviewing your information.  You should have received an automatic response message after submitting your email request.  Please do not resend the message or call to ask about the status of the flight.  Once we have this information, or if we need additional information from you, we will reach out to you directly.

At present, there are no scheduled flights to the United States.  However, we are actively exploring options and attempting to secure flights despite global airport closures and travel restrictions.  We will email U.S. citizens immediately once we have flight details, routes, and costs.  Please note: all individuals who choose to return to the United States on a flight organized by the U.S. Department of State will be required to sign a promissory note to pay for the full cost of the flight.  Costs have not yet been determined.  Once flight options have been identified, that information will be communicated as well.

U.S. citizens who are interested in returning to the United States, but have not contacted us yet, should please fill out the electronic form corresponding to your location and submit for EACH traveler who is to be evacuated to the United States.

Lagos: Click here to access the Electronic Form:

Abuja: Click here to access the Electronic Form

Please note: all travelers must have all required valid travel documents such as a passport and any required visa, and must be otherwise eligible to travel to the United States, before being eligible to board a flight.

Please make sure you are enrolled in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive the most up-to-date information.  You may enroll at https://step.state.gov/step/.  Please also check our website at https://ng.usembassy.gov/ for the most up-to-date information.

Remember that there are steps each of us can take to keep ourselves and our communities safe – practice social distancing, wash hands thoroughly and often, and avoid touching your face.  More information, from symptoms to prevention techniques, can be found on the Center for Disease Control’s website here.

These are trying and unprecedented times.  As you await further information, remember to stay calm and rest assured that our commitment to American citizens in Nigeria remains unwavering.  We will get through this, as we always do.

For all of the latest updates, including notices on evacuations, be sure to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), check the U.S. Mission in Nigeria website here, and follow our official pages on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.