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COVID-19 - United States To Evacuate Citizens In Nigeria


The US government has announced plans to move its citizens in Nigeria despite airport closures due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

The US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria made this announcement on Friday evening through a notice titled ‘Health Alert: US Mission in Nigeria.’

In the notice, the American citizens in Nigeria were admonished to be in Abuja and Lagos “as fast as possible” to join arranged flights back to the US.

The notice stated: 

“At present, there are no scheduled flights to the United States. ViHowever, we are actively exploring options and attempting to secure flights despite global airport closures and travel restrictions".

“We will email US citizens immediately once we have flight details, routes, and costs".

“US citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to travel to Abuja or Lagos as soon as possible.
“The Embassy and Consulate are unable to assist with lodging, food, or transportation costs, and some hotels have closed or are closing."

 “To disseminate important information and alerts for US Citizens including possible evacuation flights, the State Department uses the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program as its primary messaging system. US Citizens in Nigeria who want to be informed about emergency flights and receive other alerts should enroll in STEP immediately.”

It would be recalled that, the United States is currently the epicenter as it has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country, with more than 86,000 positive tests.

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