The federal government has vowed to impose stiff sanctions, including suspension from all travels for up to six months or denial of foreign travels for all passengers who arrive in the country without COVID-19 result.
The government has also confirmed that the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the country in the past three weeks has dropped.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, made the threat at the briefing of the PTF in Abuja yesterday.
He explained that the protocols were in place for the reopening of international airspace in a manner that will guarantee the safety of international travellers from September 5.
He reiterated that airlines that allow passengers without the PCR result to the board will be sanctioned when they arrive the country, while the details of passengers that decline to do the test after day seven and up till day 14 will be forwarded to the immigration service and the Department of State Services (DSS) for appropriate action.
Aliyu said all intending travellers to Nigeria must present COVID-19 negative results that must be done by a certified laboratory 48 hours before boarding.
He also warned that passengers with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will not be allowed to board even if their PCR result is negative.
Passengers, according to him, will then self-isolate for seven days after leaving the airport, and after the seventh day, they will present themselves to the sample collection centre to confirm their status.
‘’You will exit self-isolation if your result is negative. At the moment we don’t have the infrastructure at the airport to commence testing but we hope in the coming months we will be able to make suitable arrangements and we might even have rapid diagnostic tests that will allow us to have real-time access to results straightaway,’’ Aliyu said