The federal government of Nigeria has empowered the Nigeria police to prosecute travellers who possess fake Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) results.
The amended protocol signed by the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha as the chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, became operational September 14, 2021.
The decision was taken after the discovery that some passengers make all sorts of claims to avoid testing.
In that vein, travellers found to have filled false information on the travel portal and online health declaration form would be liable to prosecution.
In addition, those who fail to comply with directives of Port-Health staff, security agencies, or evade quarantine will face prosecution as well.
Non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil, Turkey or South Africa within 14 days before their travel to Nigeria would be denied entry.
Airlines that breach the protocol risk a fine of $3,500 for each defaulting passenger.
However, travellers who only transited through the countries are exempted.
Meanwhile, the government has removed India from the list of restricted countries.