Nigeria’s Diplomatic Missions in Washington, New York and Atlanta, United States have suspended passport interviews and biometric capturing over the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
The suspension, which takes effect from today, Monday, is until further notice, the missions said in a separate statement made available to Switch Nigeria on Sunday night.
According to them, the decision is part of precautionary measures to protect the “health and wellbeing of all passport applicants” and their staff.
However, they will continue to issue Emergency Travel Certificate (ETC) to those who need to travel urgently, but through mail.
“Applicants for ETC should forward their applications by mail, attaching the relevant documents and self-addressed mailing envelope,” the Nigerian Embassy in Washington said
The Consulate in Atlanta added that the ETC would be processed and mailed back to the applicants.
President Donald Trump made this declaration on Friday at the National Emergency Disease Centre on the COVID-19 pandemic hich has rattled the world.
As at Sunday morning, the virus had infected no fewer than 2,815 people and killed 59 others in 49 states across the U.S., including the capital Washington D.C.