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COVID-19: Respite for air travelers to Nigeria

Respite has come for air travelers to Nigeria who are having difficulty filling their Health and travel history into the Nigeria International Travel Portal (NITP).

A memo by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to All Airlines Operating International Flights into and Out of Nigeria said that they are now permitted “to board any traveler to Nigeria who is unable to either pay for the repeat day-7 COVID-19 PCR test or generate the paid QR code/Permit to fly.”

The statement, dated September 11, 2021, which is signed by Captain Musa S. Nuhu, Director General of NCAA, said that the passengers affected “will be required to make payment for the repeat day- 7 COVID-19 PCR test at their destination airport in Nigeria.”

Nuhu pointed out that the directive is in response to information that came to the attention of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 concerning the challenges being faced by some travelers to Nigeria while trying to fill their Health and travel history into the NITP.

Holders of diplomatic passports and  children aged ten years and below who are unable to complete the NITP, the statement further said, are to be allowed to board their flights, stressing that “their health declaration and travel history will be captured by the Port Health Services (PHS) at the destination Airport. ”

Copied to the Chairman,  Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Minister of Aviation,  Minister of Health, Minister of Information and Culture and Head, Technical Secretariat, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, the statement urged that “airlines are to bring this (directive) to the knowledge of their passengers and ensure strict compliance with the above stated conditions.”




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