Immigration and travel rights during a pandemic

The current pandemic of COVID-19 threatens to affect foreign travel. Foreign exchange and stock markets are also threatened. Oil prices are crashing and chaos is ensuing due to panic. Throughout history, pandemics have always had a way of putting us to the test. Response rate and even knowledge are also tested. If for one thing, pandemics show how united a nation or nations are. The spread of the Corona Virus Disease COVID-19 is alarming. The Coronavirus travels without acquiring a visa. Some Immigrant measures will not place us in a strong spot to fight against it.

Lawyers and activists have campaigned for the closure of hundreds of immigration centers. This is due to concerns that coronavirus would spread when locked up.

Illustrated in a letter is an appeal from 10 groups that campaign for migrants and human rights. It states that there is a very significant possibility of an unchecked outbreak of Covid-19 in immigration custody according to Wikipedia

The letter calls for the government to free all immigration prisoners in the name of public safety. There are fears that if the government does not act immediately, the proximity of immigrant prisoners can contribute to the preventable spread of the virus and loss of life.

Immigration judges and attorneys have asked for the immediate closing of all immigration courts. This is to discourage the spread of the coronavirus.

In Nigeria, the Federal Government placed a travel ban on 13 high-risk countries. These countries have recorded over 1,000 cases of Coronavirus. These countries include China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, Norway, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Switzerland.
The nation has declared the partial termination of the ban on visas on entry. All individuals arriving in Nigeria who could have visited these countries 15 days before their arrival would be subject to controlled self-isolation and checking for 14 days.

The Federal Government advises the public health authorities in countries with a heavy pressure to carry out a timely departure screening. in passengers. and also endorses this travel warning to their citizens to delay travel to Nigeria.

Nigeria follows other African countries that have closed down their airports and land boundaries to hold tourists away from countries with a large number of coronavirus cases.
On Monday, Tunisia halted all international flights. To control the pandemic, the country had to lock its land boundaries. This further banned meetings in markets and other locations.
Sudan has sealed off all seaports, land boundary crossings and airports.
Thousands of foreign flights canceled and suspension of classes.

Travel prohibitions and limitations were counter to the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO). World Health Organisation (WHO) cautioned governments not to impose unilateral travel restrictions in a manner that will affect commerce and transport.

Immigration restrictions are one of the legitimate methods for policy-makers to avoid a pandemic. As coronavirus spreads its tentacles, our work demonstrates the importance of understanding the efficacy of legal and legislative approaches intended to protect and support public health.

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