Covid-19 Evacuation: Returning Nigerians to now pay for quarantine


Asides paying for their flights, Nigerians in the diaspora who wish to return home due to the COVID-19 mic will now have to also pay for their two-week quarantine on arrival.

The federal government in the past two weeks have repatriated over 600 Nigerians from Dubai, UK and the US, placing them on a mandatory 14-day quarantine at the expense of the government.

But a recent letter sent to stranded Nigerians says henceforth, they will pay their hotel and feeding bills during their mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival.

A letter r sent to Nigerians residing in the State of Kuwait by the Embassy of Nigeria on May 13, 2020, said the evacuees will pay N297,600 for their quarantine in Nigeria apart from the airfares.

It also revealed that persons who do not pay the fees will not be allowed to board the flight.

The letter, titled “Re: Request for evacuation of Nigerian nationals in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, reads in part, “Further to our notice of 5th April 2020 on the above-mentioned subject matter, the Embassy wishes to inform that all intending evacuees are to pay for their quarantine/isolation/accommodation/centre/hotels before departure and arrival in Nigeria.

The negotiated rate is as follows: Accommodation-N240,000 (N15,000 x16 days); Feeding-N57,6009( N3,600 x 16 days). Total- N297,600 (N18,600 x16 days).

“All evacuees are to pay the aforementioned amount for their quarantine/isolation/centre/hotels directly to the airline along with their tickets. Evacuees have option to pay in dollars or it’s equivalent in Naira.

“It is important to note that evacuees that do not pay for their quarantine/isolation/accommodation/ centre/ hotels will not be allowed to board the flight.”

A letter with the same directives, dated May 14 and signed by the Head of Chancery, Nicholas P. Uhomoibhi, was also sent to Nigerians in Bangkok, Thailand.

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