Nigeria has extended the COVID-19 lockdown for another 14 days to mitigate the spread of the disease. Authorities have approved the waiver of extension fees for visitor/migrants affected by the travel ban and closure of the international airports in Nigeria.

Key Points:

  • Effective April 13, for 14 days, Abuja, Lagos and Ogun remain under lockdown.
  • The original lockdown was declared on March 30 for 14 days. The recent lockdown extension keeps restrictions from it in place. Abuja, Lagos and Ogun remain covered by the lockdown, meaning businesses there are closed, except for essential services. Interstate travel also remains suspended. In March, airports were closed to international flights and visa-on-arrival was suspended
  • All visitors/migrants holding valid visas/residence permit with confirmed return tickets to travel out of Nigeria within the period covered by the travel restrictions are to be issued relevant extensions at no cost. Such individuals are expected to reschedule their flights and travel within one week of relaxing the restriction.
  • Conversely, migrants whose permit/visas expired prior to the travel restrictions would pay the penalty for overstay up to the commencement date of the travel ban.

Analysis & Comments: Employers should anticipate significant disruptions to employee mobility and all but essential business. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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