COVID-19: FG Takes Fresh Action On Foreign Travellers


The Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has relaxed restrictions on foreign travellers without evidence of payment for their COVID-19 PCR test.

The foreign travellers were previously required to show proof of payment for their COVID-19 PCR test before they were boarded on any airline.

But in a memo dates September 11, 2021, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Musa Nuhu, directed foreign airlines to board passengers without evidence of payment for day seven COVID-19 PCR test or generate paid QR code/permit to fly.

The NCAA boss, however, said such passengers would be required to make payment for the repeat day-7 COVID-19 PCR test at their destination airport in Nigeria.

The memo read, “The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 has been made aware of challenges some travelers are experiencing while trying to fill their Health and travel history into the Nigeria International Travel Portal.

“Airlines are thereby permitted to board any traveller to Nigeria who is unable to either pay for the repeat Day Seven COVID-19 PCR test or generate the paid QR code/ permit to fly.

“Holders of Diplomatic passports and Children aged 10 years and below who are unable to complete NITP are to be allowed to board the flight.

“Their health declaration and travel history will be captured by the Port Health Services (PHS) at the destination airport.

“Airlines are to bring this information to the knowledge of the passenger and ensure strict compliance with above-stated conditions.”


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