INSIDEMAINLAND – Some agencies responsible for the screening of passengers arriving at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos have reinforced the screening of arriving passengers.
Meanwhile, passengers from countries where the new strain of covid-19, Omicron, has been detected, are given “special attention” at the screening points of the arrival hall of the airport. passengers from South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Angola and Zambia, all Southern African countries that borders would be given special screening before they are allowed into the country.
An airport official disclosed that other countries that have been banned by the United States of America from operating flights into the USA have also been included on the list of countries whose passengers are to be given “special screening ”
Therefore, all passengers are expected to show evidence of covid-19 vaccination or a negative PCR negative test result obtained less than 72 hours before boarding of arrival flights.
In addition to the negative test result, arriving passengers are also expected to fill a bio-data form and indicate where the next PCR test will be conducted after the mandatory 7 days self-isolation period. Passengers are expected to show evidence of payment for the next mandatory test.
It was also gathered there have been orders from the government that particular attention should be paid to passengers from countries where the current new strain of the covid-19 virus has been detected.
However, one of the immigration officers also said; “We have been instructed to be more thorough in the screening of passengers from some southern Africa countries who share common boundaries with South Africa where the new strain, Omicron, has been detected”
“You know currently we don’t have the new strain in Nigeria yet. Don’t mind what the Canadian government said recently. We will ensure that new strain does not enter the country. We implore passengers to show more understanding and cooperate with our officials. They may experience some level of delays at the screening points,” he added.