The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
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.
On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.
- As of March 28, Nigeria has 97 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders..
- Nigeria has testing capacity for COVID-19. For the most recent number of individuals tested, view Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s (NCDC’s) Daily Situation Report.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- *As of March 19, the Federal Government of Nigeria has restricted entry into Nigeria for travellers from the following high incidence countries: China, Italy, Iran, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, United States of America, United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Switzerland. Effective from Saturday, 21st of March 2020 for an initial period of four weeks. These are countries with over 1,000 cases domestically. The Federal Government has also suspended the issuance of visa on arrival to travellers from these countries with immediate effect.
Please visit the NCDC’s Public Health Advisory web page for the most up-to-date information
- Travelers should arrive in Nigeria with their yellow World Health Organization Immunization Record and will be subject to all preexisting health requirements such as proof of yellow fever vaccination.
- Travelers may also undergo temperature checks upon arrival. Concerns on primary screening can trigger secondary screening of high risk or ill passengers.
- Upon arrival, travelers will also be asked to complete a questionnaire regarding their current state of health, recent travel locations, recent sick contacts, and current contact information while in the country. This will be reviewed upon entry, and persons with positive screening results will be taken aside for further evaluation.
NCDC’s Public Health Advisory states the following for traveler’s to Nigeria:
- Travelers without symptoms on departure but become unwell in transit are advised to self-report to the Port Health Services on arrival
- Travelers from countries with ongoing local transmission*, but who show no symptoms on arrival should self-isolate at home for 14 days after arrival
- If travelers from countries with ongoing local transmission* feel ill with fever, cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days of arrival in Nigeria, please:
- Observe self-isolation immediately by staying indoors and avoiding contact with people
- Call the NCDC 24/7 toll-free line IMMEDIATELY on 080097000010
- Avoid self-medication
Referral and transfer arrangements with local hospitals may be initiated if passengers are ill.
List any local resources that can provide additional useful information.
Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC)
- Toll-Free Number: 0800-970000-10
- SMS (Text Message): 08099555577
- Website: https://ncdc.gov.ng/
- E-mail: email@example.com
- WhatsApp: 07087110839 (if outside of Nigeria – +234-708-711-0839)
- U.S. citizens returning to the United States from Europe should view the COVID-19 Information for Travelers webpage on travel.state.gov.
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Travel.state.gov Nigeria Information and Travel Advisory page