Nigeria is adding South Africa to its “red list” of countries for which there are stringent restrictions for arriving passengers, officials said during a briefing on Monday.
Nigeria is introducing the restrictions due to the spread of the Delta variant in South Africa, Chikwe Ihekweazu, the head of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said. The country joins India, Brazil and Turkey on the list.
“In Nigeria, we haven’t found the Delta variant yet,” Ihekweazu said during the briefing.
Non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited the countries on the list within 14 days are barred entry from Nigeria, while passport holders and residents must undergo a seven-day quarantine in a government-approved facility at cost to the passenger.
They are also required to take COVID-19 tests within 24 hours or arrival and after seven days in quarantine.
In another statement, Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the government and chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, said some countries face a fast-surging third wave of the coronavirus pandemic and this caused concern.
Mustapha said that as part of the coronavirus measures, no one will be accepted from South Africa, Zambia, Rwanda, Namibia and Uganda.
He added that Abuja has extended the travel ban for Turkey, Brazil and India for four weeks.
So far, the most populous African country has reported 167,467 infections, 2,119 deaths and 163,949 recoveries.