FG directs foreign airlines to board passengers without COVID-19 test payment evidence

The Federal Government of Nigeria has 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.

This was contained in a letter issued by the Director-General of NCAA, Musa Nuhu, to all foreign airlines dated 11th September 2021.

According to Nuhu, the decision was taken in view of the challenges some travellers to Nigeria are experiencing while trying to fill their Health and Travel history into Nigeria’s International Travel portal.

The letter reads: “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.

“Such passengers will be required to make payment for the repeat Day Seven COVID-19 PCR test at their destination airport in Nigeria.

“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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