Nigerian Embassy in Washington, D.C., United States

COVID-19: Embassy suspends passport interviews, biometrics in U.S.

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Nigeria’s diplomatic missions in Washington, D.C., New York and Atlanta, in the United States (U.S.), have suspended passport interviews and biometric data capture over the Coronavirus crisis in the country.

The suspension, which takes effect from Monday, March 16 stays until further notice, the missions said in separate statements made available to the News Agency of Nigeria Sunday, March 15.

The statements noted that the decision is part of precautionary measures to protect the “health and well-being of all passport applicants” and staff of the Embassy in the United States.

However, the Embassy would 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 applicants.

Recall that as regards the severity of the spread of COVID-19 across the United States, President Donald Trump, Friday, March 13, declared a national emergency over the disease, which incidentally has rattled the world.

As of Sunday morning, the virus was reported to have infected no fewer than 2, 815 people and killed 59 others in 49 states across the U.S., including the capital, Washington, D.C.

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