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UAE lifts travel ban on Nigeria; others as Emirates resume flight June 23

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After months of stalemated negotiations, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) lifted its travel ban on Nigeria, India, and South Africa.

A few days earlier, Emirate Airline, the Dubai-based carrier, announced that it will resume flights into Nigeria on June 23, 2021.

According to Dubai’s Media Office, passengers from Nigeria are expected to receive a negative PCR test result within 48 hours of departure.

Furthermore, passengers must provide a negative PCR test result with a QR code obtained from laboratories approved by the Nigerian government. Additionally, passengers will undergo the same test upon arrival at Dubai airport.

As of February 1, Emirates Airline instructed Nigerian passengers wishing to depart from Lagos & Abuja airports to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test prior to leaving. Emirates flights were banned in Nigeria following this.

After the airline agreed to stop conducting rapid antigen tests, the ban was lifted.

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As of March 15, the Nigerian government reintroduced the ban, claiming the airline had rescinded the agreement.

Emirates embassy in Abuja announced new COVID-19 travel protocols for Nigeria on March 25, 2021, in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria, passengers who have transited through South Africa or Nigeria within the last 14 days before travelling to Dubai would not be allowed into the country.

In a recent announcement, Emirates airline acknowledged the resumption of your flights in Nigeria starting June 23rd.

Earlier this week, Emirates said it welcomed the latest protocols and measures announced by Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management to guarantee the safe resumption of passenger travel from South Africa, Nigeria and India to Dubai.

“We look forward to facilitating travel from these countries and supporting various travelers’ categories. We will resume carrying passengers from South Africa, Nigeria and India in accordance with these protocols from 23rd June.

“We thank the Supreme Committee for their continuous efforts in monitoring the development of the situation and announcing the appropriate guidelines and protocols to protect the community and safeguard travel sector.”

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