On Monday, August 17, 2020, the Federal Ministry of Aviation released COVID-19 protocols for international passengers via it’s official Twitter handle @fmaviationng.
- The Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika said passengers must take a Covid-19 test wherever they’re coming from “very close to departure dates”. However, a specific period was not mentioned. We made efforts to know this exact period by tweeting a reply to @fmaviationng – we will share such updates when replied.
- Inbound passengers will conduct additional COVID-19 test 8 days after arrival in Nigeria; and the passenger will bear the cost with payment made through a portal that will be launched for this purpose.
- Passengers will also fill in health questionnaires online, and hand them in at the point of entry, as a substitute for filling the forms on the aircraft or arrival.
- Non-pharmaceutical measures include physical distancing, wearing of nose masks, washing of hands, and temperature checks will remain in place.
The minister also announced the resumption of international flights from August 29, 2020, beginning with Lagos and Abuja as did with the domestic flight resumption.
Regarding the evacuation flights, the Federal Government announced it would end routine evacuation flights of Nigerians abroad from August 22 to give sufficient time to prepare for the reopening of the airspace to schedule international flights.
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