The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has advised airlines to allow passengers without QR codes to board following difficulties several intending passengers are having with the use of the online platform for uploading information.
QR codes (Quick Response codes), popularly known as 2D barcodes, are machine-scannable image that can instantly be read using a smartphone camera. By scanning them via a smartphone, travellers can access the information encoded.
The online hitches have continued to make payments and printing of QR codes required for travel to Nigeria very difficult for several passengers.
In a letter dated September 8, 2020, signed by Musa Nuhu, director general, NCAA notified airlines “that the presentation of evidence of payment receipt in the form of a QR code is recommended for all passengers but not a mandatory requirement for boarding flights to Nigeria for now”.
“Airlines are advised to allow passengers without a QR code to board as a temporary measure until additional on-going work to the payment platform is completed. Airlines will be informed in the coming days of any changes in this requirement.
“Please note that presentation of negative COVID-19 PCR test valid within 96 hours of boarding remains mandatory for all passengers travelling to Nigeria. Airlines must ensure compliance with this requirement.
“Flying passengers that do not have negative COVID-19 PCR tests to Nigeria will attract a penalty of $3,500 per passenger,” the letter said.