The Nigeria High Commission in Ottawa, Canada, has suspended passport utility processing to stop the unfold of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in its neighborhood.
In a press release dated March 16, the excessive fee mentioned that the suspension was efficient instantly and would final till additional discover.
It, nevertheless, mentioned the issuance of Emergency Travel Certificates (ETC) and visas would proceed for many who wanted to journey urgently.
“This measure is in line with the Canadian government’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention’s guideline of “social distancing” as a “community mitigation strategy” to restrict the unfold of COVID-19.
“It is a aware effort by the federal government to scale back contact between folks and hopefully stem neighborhood transmission of the virus.
“Applicants for ETC and visas ought to, as regular, ahead their purposes by mail, attaching the related paperwork.
“The ETC or visa would be processed and mailed back to the applicants accordingly,” the excessive fee mentioned.
It “strongly advised” Nigerians in Canada to strictly adjust to COVID-19-related pointers offered by well being authorities of their numerous communities.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) studies that Canada recorded no fewer than 324 confirmed instances and 4 deaths throughout all 10 provinces as of Monday morning.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has introduced the closure of the nation’s borders to non-citizens or non-permanent residents as a part of measures to examine the unfold of the illness.
But the brand new measures don’t apply to residents of neighbouring U.S. with 4,482 confirmed instances and 86 fatalities as of Tuesday morning.
Besides being in a state of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. has additionally shut its borders, particularly in opposition to European nations.
The Nigerian missions within the nation have additionally suspended passport and visa processing actions involving the gathering of candidates of their premises.