COVID-19 Protocols

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Covid 19 Protocol

4th September,



 Public health measures are applicable to all passengers entering or leaving Nigeria during  the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. All travellers arriving in Nigeria must have tested NEGATIVE for COVID-19 by PCR in country of departure pre-boarding. The PCR test MUST be within 96 hours before departure and preferably within 72 hours pre-boarding. For certain countries, COVID-19 PCR tests will only be acceptable from specified laboratories;
  2. Tests done more than 96 hours before departure are not valid and persons will not be allowed to board; but for the 72 hours minimum, this is advisory and will not preclude boarding;
  • All intending passengers are required to register via an online national payment portal (Nigeria International Travel Portal – and pay for a repeat (second) PCR test to be done upon arrival in Nigeria. Once payment is completed, passengers will receive an e-mail from the selected laboratory of their choice providing them with the laboratory link to register for the repeat COVID-19 PCR test on the 7th day after arrival. Passengers will be able to choose a Sample Collection Center and an appointment time and date for sample collection. A list of accredited private laboratory providers and Sample Collection Centers across the country/ will be available on the payment platform and the NCDC website;
  1. Passengers will be required to fill in an online Health Declaration/Self-Reporting Form located on the Nigeria International Travel Portal. They will be required to submit the completed form online or provide a print out for presentation on arrival. They should ensure that the information/contact details provided on the form are correct, verifiable and travelers should be reachable on the phone number and address provided. Passengers must inform Port Health officials on arrival of any change in their health circumstances since completion of the Health Declaration/Self-Reporting Form;
  1. Prior to boarding, passengers are requested to upload their COVID-19 PCR NEGATIVE results on to the national payment portal and bring along an electronic or hard copy of the result for presentation at the airport. At the time of boarding, all travellers will undergo thermal screening temperature screening and questioned for COVID-19 symptoms. Passengers with COVID-19 related signs and symptoms will not be allowed to board the flight; and
  2. Airlines must only board passengers with NEGATIVE COVID-19 test results carried out within the stipulated 96 hours before boarding. Airlines that board passengers without a NEGATIVE COVID- 19 PCR tests or test results of more than 96 hours prior to boarding, will be sanctioned as follows:
  3. Non- Nigerians may be refused entry and returned to the point of embarkation at cost to the airlines;
  4. Nigerians will be allowed entry, but subjected to a mandatory quarantine of 8 -14 days (depending on results of COVID-19 PCR test done from day 7 of arrival) at a facility approved by the government and at a cost to the passenger(s); and
  5. Airlines will be fined USD 3,500 per passenger for failure to comply with the pre-boarding requirements.


All psssengers/persons arriving in Nigeria will be required:

To go through the routine Port Health screening and present electronic or print-out evidence of pre-boarding PCR test results and evidence of payment/appointment for a repeat PCR test, in-country; ii. To present their international passports for clearance through the Nigerian Immigration Service System’s Migrants Identification Data Analysis System (MIDAS). Passenger’s biodata page and picture Will be forwarded to all COVID-19 PCR Sample Collection Centers to enable proper identification before sample collection. Passports will not be retained by the Nigerian Immigration Service;

To proceed on 7-day self-isolation/quarantine, during which time they are to avoid physical interaction with friends, family, colleagues, and other members of the public (i.e. must observe strict physical and


Persons who have tested NEGATIVE for COVID-19 after 7 days of self-isolation/quarantine will be  allowed to exit self-isolation on day 8.

This protocol will come into effect from Saturday, 5th September, 2020.