Health Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria (June 02, 2020)
Event: Federal Government Update of COVID-19 Lockdown Directive
Nigerian President Buhari and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) have approved measures to being ‘phase two’ to ease the lockdown, which has been in place since March 29, 2020. The guidelines for phase two, which will be in place from June 02, 2020 – June 29, 2020, include:
· The nationwide curfew remains in place but the time has been changed to 10:00 P.M. – 4:00 A.M. daily. Healthcare workers and journalists are exempted from his curfew.
· Banks may resume normal working hours.
· Government offices will be open between 9:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Monday – Friday.
· The ban on interstate movement remains in effect except for agricultural produce, petroleum products, manufactured goods, and essential services.
· All airports remain closed to domestic and international travel, except for emergency flights. The PTF is considering plans to reopen airports for domestic flights by June 21, 2020 if proper protocols are put in place by the aviation industry.
· Kano State is approved to enter phase one of eased lockdown.
· Face masks or coverings are mandatory in public settings and handwashing/sanitizing practices must continue to be followed.
· Ban on gatherings of more than 20 people outside of a workplace.
· Relaxation of restrictions on places of worship based on guidelines issued by the PTF and State governments.
The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and Consulate General in Lagos ask all U.S. citizens to continue to shelter in place and practice social distancing when movement is necessary. Please continue to monitor local news sources and guidelines published by local and state governments regarding movement restrictions, gatherings, and curfews.
Please note: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the Consulate General in Lagos have suspended all routine consular services. We will make announcements when we are able to safely re-open and reschedule canceled appointments.
Evacuation flight registration
The U.S. Mission continues to track requests for repatriation to ensure we have the latest information on the needs of U.S. citizens in Nigeria, however, please note the Embassy and Consulate General are unable to guarantee additional evacuation flights.
To better track these requests, we released a new evacuation questionnaire on April 22, 2020. If you have not yet completed the questionnaire, please CAREFULLY and ACCURATELY complete the appropriate questionnaire below. EACH TRAVELER in your party must complete his/her own questionnaire in order to be included in our data. You should complete the form only for the consular district where you are located.
If you have already completed the questionnaire, please do not submit another form or call to check on the status of a flight; we have received your information. If we have space for you on a future flight, you will be contacted by phone using the number you provided in the evacuation request questionnaire.
New Lagos Evacuation Flight Questionnaire
New Abuja Evacuation Flight Questionnaire
Register for STEP
We ask all those seeking to receive updates from the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or Consulate General in Lagos to register for the Smart Travel Enrollment Program (STEP) at step.state.gov.
To receive updates about Nigeria, you must select Nigeria as your destination under the “Add a Trip/Residence” section.
With no currently scheduled evacuation flights, U.S. Mission Nigeria will revert to weekly STEP messages unless major developments occur.
Actions to Take:
· Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
· For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
· Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
· Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
· Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Nigeria.
· Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States
U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria
Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area
+234 (9) 461-4000 during business hours; after hours press zero (0)
U.S. Consulate General Lagos, Nigeria
2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island
+234 (1) 460-3400 during business hours and after hours
State Department - Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Nigeria Country Information
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