The Federal Government has issued a travel ban on 13 countries over the spread of the deadly coronavirus as a precautionary measure.
This was announced by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha at a media briefing on Wednesday.
He said those who arrived into the country in the last 15 days from the 13 countries, would be subjected to supervised 14 days self-isolation.
According to him, the ban on the 13 countries would take effect from Saturday, March 21, 2020, adding that the Visa-on-Arrival policy had been temporarily suspended.
He said: “This morning, we have found it necessary to brief Nigerians on further measures being taken after an assessment of the global situation. They are as follows:
“The Federal Government of Nigeria is restricting entry into the country for travellers from the following thirteen (13) countries; China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, Norway, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Switzerland. These are all countries with over 1,000 case domestically,
“All persons arriving in Nigeria who might have visited these countries, fifteen days prior to such arrival, will be subjected to supervised self-isolation and testing for 14 days,
“The Federal Government is temporarily suspending the issuance of all visas on arrival. The Federal Government is also counseling all Nigerians to cancel or postpone all non-essential travels to these countries,
“The Federal Government urges Public Health Authorities of countries with high burden to conduct diligent departure screening of passengers and also endorses this travel advisories to their nationals to postpone travels to Nigeria,
“These restrictions will come into effect from Saturday, 21st March, 2020 for four (4) weeks subject to review.”