Covid-19: Nigeria among 10 nations bar from traveling to Oman
By Oludare Mayowa
Nigeria and nine other countries have been barred from entering oil-rich Oman, a country in the Gulf region considered the safest and the friendliest country in the world for expatriates to live and work.
The ban by Oman on the 10 countries will last for 15 days as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, in particular certain mutated strains.
The countries are: Nigeria, Sudan, Lebanon, South Africa, Brazil, Tanzania, Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia.
The ban will take effect from Thursday, according to a report by Reuters.
According to the 2019 Expat Insider Report, by InterNations, Oman is number one in terms of safety and security for expats.
UAE government had earlier in the month barred Nigerians from entering into Dubai and other members of the Emirate till March 10 as part of steps to contain the spread of covid-19.
Emirates Airline, one of the region’s biggest carriers has declined to carry passengers from Lagos and Abuja since the start of the month as a result of the ban placed on flights from Nigeria to Dubai, its hub.
Last week, Emirate Airline said in a statement on its website entitled “Temporary suspension of flights from Nigeria to Dubai until 10 March,” that passenger services from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) to Dubai are temporarily suspended until March 10, 2021.
“In line with government directives, passenger services from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) to Dubai are temporarily suspended until 10 March 2021,” the airline stated.
It was not clear if the UAE will extend the ban on Nigerian passengers after the expiry of March 10 as it was done shortly before the first ban expired on this February.