Arriving passengers from SA, UK to be processed seperately by public health authorities from Monday

Passengers arriving from South Africa and United Kingdom (UK) will from Monday, 28th December, be received and processed separately by the country’s Public Health Authorities.

This has become necessary following the recent spike in cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria and the reported highly transmissible new variant of the virus in the UK and South Africa.

The federal government of Nigeria through the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 has reviewed the quarantine protocol.

A letter to airline operators dated 26th of December and signed by Musa Nuhu, director-general, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA), states that for flights and passengers originating from the United Kingdom and South Africa, with the final destination being Nigeria, passengers must present pre-departure permit TO FLY/QR code generated from Nigeria International Travel Portal, showing evidence for the payment for the post-arrival day 7 COVID-19 PCR test and documentary evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR result done within 96 hours (four days) of boarding from a verifiable laboratory or health facility.

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Nuhu stated that on arrival, passengers will be received and processed separately by Public Health Authorities, adding that all passengers will be required to self isolate for seven days after arrival, followed by another COVID-19 PCR test.

He further stated that passengers with a post-arrival negative COVID-19 PCR result will be referred for isolation and further management.

“A dedicated register for arriving passengers from the UK and South Africa will be opened for enhanced surveillance and active enforcement Of these protocols.

“Punitive measures shall be taken against airlines who fail to comply with this All Operators Letter. The punitive measures shall include but not limited to:

“Airlines shall be fined $3,500 for each defaulting passengers. Airlines may be required to return non-Nigerian defaulting passengers to the point of embarkation, repeated non-compliance by any airline will lead to suspension of airline’s approval/permit to fly into the country,” the director-general stated in the letter.

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