The website of Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the national public health institute for Nigeria responsible for protecting Nigerians from communicable diseases, including the highly infectious Covid-19 is down.
Thousands of passengers are currently stranded at oversea airports due to their inability to book repeat Covid-19 test online using the Nigeria International Travel Portal, a pre-requisite for inbound passengers into Nigeria.
The reason for the website’s unavailability is currently unknown as at press time. navigating to the website throws up a server error.
The fate of inbound passengers who require to present evidence of negative Covid-19 test result upon arrival to Nigeria, alongside evidence of a prebooked repeat test (Only bookable via the NCDC NITP Portal) remains unknown.
Further probe showed that the webserver behind the NCDC website/portal is unreachable at press time. With some users reporting that they receive the error “Service Unavailable The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.”
The unavailability of Nigeria International Travel Portal poses a serious challenge that will have a far-reaching ramification for Nigeria’s efforts towards containing the spread of Covid-19, as the portal continues to be unavailable for outbound and inbound passengers.