General AviationNigeria lifts ban on flights from India

Nigeria lifts ban on flights from India

India’s airlines can now fly directly into Nigeria following the removal of restrictions preventing them from doing so.

The Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made this known on Sunday, 19 September during a media briefing held in Abuja.

A new travel protocol have been released on Sunday, but sanctions are still placed on airlines carrying non-Nigerian from restricted countries.

Nigeria had earlier banned passengers, who visited India, Brazil, South Africa, and Turkey in the last 14 days from entering the country as part of precautionary measures to contain the virus in the country.

“Non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil, Turkey, or South Africa within 14 days preceding travel to Nigeria, shall be denied entry into Nigeria. This regulation, however, does not apply to passengers who transited through these countries.” Mustapha said.

“Airlines who fail to comply shall mandatorily pay a penalty of $3,500 defaulting passenger, and non-Nigerians will be denied entry and returned to the country of embarkation at the cost to the Airline; Nigerians and those with a permanent residence permit who visited Brazil, Turkey, and South Africa within 14 days preceding travel to Nigeria shall be made to undergo seven days of mandatory quarantine in a Government approved facility at the point-of-entry city and cost to the passenger.”

The new rule is outlined thus; within 24 hours of arrival, passengers shall take a COVID-19 PCR test; if Positive, the passenger shall be admitted within a government-approved treatment center, in line with national treatment protocols; and if Negative, the passenger shall continue to remain in quarantine and be made to undergo a repeat PCR test on Day-7 of their quarantine.

Furthermore, passengers coming to Nigeria must perform a COVID-19 PCR test not more than three days before boarding, adding that the PCR tests done more than 72 hours before departure are not valid and persons will not be allowed to board.

“Airlines that board passengers without any of the TWO documents (a negative COVID-19 PCR test done not more than 72 hours before boarding and a Permit to Travel Certificate/QR code), shall be sanctioned as follows: passengers, who are Non-Nigerians, will be refused entry and returned to the point of embarkation at a cost to the airline;

“Passengers who are Nigerians or holders of a permanent residence permit will be allowed entry but subjected to the procedure outlined in Section D.

Ekene Lionel
Ekene Lionel is an author for The Aviator Africa, covering military aviation. He has worked as a journalist and defense tech writer for 5 years, much of that time focusing on military and emerging technologies.

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