Nigerian Diplomatic Mission offices in Washington, New York and Atlanta say they have suspended passport interviews as well as biometric data capturing over growing Coronavirus infections and deaths in the United States.
According to the Nigerian Diplomatic Mission, the suspension which takes effect from Monday is indefinite as no specific date was given for resumption of Interviews.
In a statement issued to the press on Sunday, the diplomatic mission said that the decision was taken to safeguard the health and well being of all passport applicants as well as staff of the mission offices.
The Nigerian Diplomatic Mission however announced that it will continue to issue Emergency Travel Certificates to individuals in dire need of it but only via mail.
“Applicants for ETC should forward their applications by mail, attaching the relevant documents and self-addressed mailing envelope,” the Nigerian embassy in Washington said.
While the Atlanta Consulate added that the document would be processed and mailed back to applicants.
US President, Donald Trump Declared a national emergency on Friday while Sunday was declared as a national day of Prayer because of the Coronavirus.
The virus has infected 2,815 individuals and killed 59 in 49 States across America so far.