Int’l Flights Resumption: Lift COVID-19 patient, pay $3,500 fine, FG dares airlines

The Nigerian Government on Monday issued fresh COVID-19 protocol for passengers and airlines as international flights set resume August 29.

National Coordinator of the Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu warned that as the International flights prepare to resume on 29 of August 2020, any airline that boards COVID-19 patient will be made to pay a fine of $3,500

He noted that a negative COVID-19 test result remained important for each passenger before boarding and upon arrival in Nigeria.

Aliyu, who disclosed this during a briefing of the Taskforce on Monday, further explained that with the resumption of international flights there would be an additional 10, 000 tests to be conducted daily.

“All travellers coming into the country will continue to observe the old quarantine protocol that we currently have. We will be continuing with the process of requesting for a negative PCR result for all passengers intending to travel to Nigeria. This test must be PCR test”, he said.

According to him, the protocol would be reviewed after four weeks, and that as from August 29, the period of test result validity would be narrowed from the current 14 days to seven. “We will continue with the policy of ensuring that airlines only board passengers without symptoms of Covid-19 and with negative PCR results. Airlines will be fined $3,500 if they fail to comply with pre-boarding Covid-19 requirements”, Aliyu added.

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