FG to publish passport details of travelers who evaded COVID test, says it will not be banning flights from UK and SA

The presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 has announced it will soon publish the passport numbers of 100 travelers who refused to perform the mandatory COVID-19 test after returning to the country.

Recall that Travelers were mandated to run the test seven days after their arrival in other to prevent the possible spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The PTF national coordinator, Sani Aliyu, announced that defaulters’ passport number will be published during its daily press briefing in Abuja Thursday December 24.

The PTF also add that the people guilty of the offense will be penalized and their passports suspended and while foreigners would have their visas revoked.

“From now on, particularly for those coming from the UK and South Africa, we will pay special attention to these flights. If you do not do your day seven test, by day 10, you will automatically go onto the suspension list and your travel documents, your passport would be suspended for a minimum period of six months.

If you carry a foreign passport, with a visa, we will revoke your visa. And because we are able to track a smaller group of persons than a large number of persons, which has always been the challenge we have, we are now able to enforce this, specifically for passengers coming from these routes until further notice.

In addition to that, over this weekend, we will publish the first list of 100 passport numbers – Nigerian passport numbers – that will be suspended for six months. We’ve already contacted these passengers and we’ve confirmed that they have not had a COVID-19 PCR test. We will not be publishing names, but we will publish the passport numbers.”


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