Authorities in Nigeria introduce health screenings for some passengers from China as of Jan. 23. Immigration delays possible.

 

Severity: Informational Alert

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Lagos
  • Abuja
  • Port Harcourt
  • Kano
  • Kaduna
  • Enugu
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This alert began 23 Jan 2020 13:53 GMT and is scheduled to expire 31 Jan 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Increased health screenings
  • Location(s): Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Kaduna, Kano, Enugu 
  • Time Frame: Indefinite as of Jan. 23
  • Impact: Longer immigration wait times for passengers from China; possible quarantine

Summary
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has implemented enhanced health screenings for passengers from China as of Jan. 23. The precaution follows an increase in reported cases of 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan and other eastern Chinese cities, as well as confirmed cases in Japan, South Korea, and Thailand. Beijing has also confirmed person to person transmission of the virus. Authorities in Nigeria have implemented thermal scans and observation and quarantine measures at international airports across the country. Measures are likely to be centered around international travel facilities at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja (ABV), Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu (ENU), Ilorin International Airport in Ilorin (ILR), Kaduna International Airport in Kaduna (KAD), Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano (KAN), Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos (LOS), Port Harcourt International Airport in Port Harcourt (PHC), and Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport in Sokoto (SKO).

The 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak is occurring ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, when tens of millions of Chinese passengers travel both domestically and abroad. The measures are unlikely to impact most travelers but may lead to immigration delays, especially for passengers from China.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings, especially if traveling from China. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with the 2019 novel coronavirus, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.