In Nigeria, authorities have extended the third phase of the country's recovery plan for four weeks from Oct. 18. As part of the extension, some restrictions will be eased, with some significant measures remaining to help curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Authorities have maintained the 0001-0400 nationwide curfew. Bars and nightclubs also remain banned. Authorities have also stated that while outdoor sporting activities can resume, public gatherings remain restricted. Gatherings in enclosed spaces are limited to 50 people with adequate social distancing measures and the use of facemasks. Civil servants have also been ordered to resume work at public offices. The country's National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) will begin the orientation of new recruits, Nov. 10. Authorities eased restrictions on domestic flights in early July. Interstate travel resumed throughout the country July 1. Some academic activities have also been allowed to restart.
International commercial flights resumed in Nigeria early September. Flights are only operating through Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) in Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport (ABV) in Abuja. Currently, travelers arriving in Nigeria must present proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 taken up to 120 hours (five days) before arrival; all new arrivals must self-quarantine for at least seven days in the city of their arrival regardless of negative test status. Travelers must also register on the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control travel portal and must make efforts to register for a follow-up test once in the country. Evidence of this registration is required on entry. Travelers can leave isolation once a negative follow-up test has been completed. Travelers who fail to take the follow-up test face a temporary travel ban. Carriers from certain countries may face restrictions on entering Nigeria as part of a reciprocal ban on commercial flights from countries that do not accept Nigeria's flights or where Nigerians face entry restrictions. Land borders remain closed.
Several states have also enacted strict state-level restrictions. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
Reconfirm travel plans. Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Consider delaying traveling to Nigeria until officials lift restrictions. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers. Reconfirm all flights before departure.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.