The United States government has revealed plans to evacuate its citizens in Nigeria despite airport closures thanks to the coronavirus outbreak.
The US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria made this known on Friday evening through a notice titled ‘Health Alert: US Mission in Nigeria.’
In the notice, the americans in Nigeria were advised to be in Abuja and Lagos “as soon as possible” to hitch arranged flights back to the US. They also advised nationals who aren’t in Abuja and Lagos to figure with local airlines to form travel arrangements while flights are still available.
It stated: “At present, there are not any scheduled flights to the us . However, 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’ve flight details, routes, and costs.
“US citizens who are considering returning to the U.S are urged to visit Abuja or Lagos as soon as possible.
“The Embassy and Consulate are unable to help with lodging, food, or transportation costs, and a few 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 told about emergency flights and receive other alerts should enroll in STEP immediately.”
US currently has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country, with quite 86,000 positive tests.