The United Arab Emirates has made known to Nigeria Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a letter the conditions for the resumption of flights between Nigeria and the Emirates.
In the letter dated March 24, 2021, it was stated that only 200 passengers from Nigeria would be allowed into the UAE every two weeks.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, on February 5 had barred Emirati carriers from Nigeria, for allegedly flouting the COVID-19 protocols as well as the introduction of rapid antigen test as a requirement for Dubai travellers against the Nigerian government’s negative PCR requirements.
Due to the ban, UAE also banned Nigerian flights for several weeks in reiteration.
The letter also stated that the UAE Embassy has removed the requirement for rapid antigen test at Nigerian airports for UAE-BOUND passengers.
The letter partly read, “The embassy has the honour to convey the response of the competent authorities in the UAE regarding the ongoing flight halt between the UAE and Nigeria as well as the travel requirements for travellers to the UAE.
“The UAE Government has decided to remove the requirement for the Rapid Antigen test at the airports in Nigeria while demanding the following requirements:
“Number of passengers on inbound flights to the UAE must not exceed 200 passengers for two weeks.
“Only direct flights between the UAE and Nigeria are allowed.
“Passengers need to present a valid negative PCR test conducted within 48 hours before boarding.
“Provide the embassy with an updated list of the approved PCR test centres by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the importance of ensuring the accuracy of the passengers’ information, contact details and place of stay during their visit in UAE.”
Source: (The PUNCH)