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Airlines risk $3500 fine, outright ban for flouting Nigeria’s revised travel protocol-NCAA

NIGERIA Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued a notification to all airlines stating that airlines that flout the newly revised COVID-19 Provisional Quarantine protocols will pay a penalty of $3,500 per passenger for non compliance with the requirements while there may be an outright ban.

In an All Operators Letter(AOL) with reference NCAA/DG/AIR/16/327 issued December 3 to all Accountable managers and signed by the Director General NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, all airlines that protocols for international flight operations and quarantine protocols for travellers arriving Nigeria issued on July 1, 2021still subsists.

The CAA in its AOL stated that for,”Inbound passenegers: Airlines are only to board passengers travelling to Nigeria who are in possession of a paid permitto travel with a QR Code and a result of a negative COVID-19 test done not later than 48 hours from time of boarding.

“For any inbound passenger who is unable to either make payment for his/herrepeat PCR test(s) or generate a paid permit to travel via the Nigeria International Travel Portal (NITP), airlines are to send an email to [email protected] and copy [email protected] [email protected], [email protected] for necessary assistance.

For outbound passengers the AOL directed that,” Airlines are only to board passengers out of Nigeria with evidence of either full vaccination for COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test done at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) accredited laboratories mot later than 48hours from time of boarding.

The CAA stressed that violation of these travel directive will cost the airline $3500 for any individual passenger or earn them a ban from flying into Nigeria.

” Non-compliance to these pre-borading requirements by any airline will attract a penalty of $3,500 per passenger. Airlines who consistently fail to comply with these requirements may be banned from coming to Nigeria.”

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