If you had unpacked your bags for our trip to Dubai please repack as flights to the UAE are back! yes, you heard me right talks and actions are being put in place to resumes suspended flight to and from the UAE.
Recall that Nigeria had suspended flights from and to the UAE due to the continuous insistence of the UAE to conduct Rapid Antigen tests in Nigerian Airports. The UAE wants its passengers departing Nigeria to have three COVID-19 tests within 24 hours. That includes an initial PCR test, an antigen rapid test at the airport, and a PCR test at the arrival airport. This requirement by the UAE from Nigerian travelers did not go down with her government and hence all flights were suspended.
But talks have begun between the two nations, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has’ decided’ to remove the requirements for Rapid Antigen test for travelers at airports in Nigeria as part of efforts to end the stalemate with regards flights between both countries and has issued some requirements for the Nigerian government to meet before the move is consolidated.
In a letter from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Abuja issued yesterday with reference No.078/A/2021 among other things requested, the number of passengers from Nigeria to the UAE must not exceed 200 passengers for an inbound flight from Nigeria for two weeks, and that only direct flights between both countries are allowed.
The letter read,” The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Abuja presents nits compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Protocol Department) of the Federal Re[public of Nigeria with reference to the Ministry Verbal Note No. K.521/2021 dated 16th February 2021 and the Embassy’s Note Verbal No. 049/A/2021 dated 23 February 2021.
“The embassy has the honor to convey the response of the competent authorities in the UAE regarding the ongoing flight halt between the UAE and Nigeria as well as the travel requirements for travelers to the UAE. The UAE Government has decided to remove the requirement for the Rapid Antigen test at the airports in Nigeria while demanding the following requirements:
“Number of passengers on inbound flights to the UAE must not exceed 200 passengers for two weeks. Only direct flights between the UAE and Nigeria are allowed. Passengers need to present a valid negative PCR test conducted within 48 hours before boarding. Provide the embassy with an updated list of the approved PCR test centers by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the importance of ensuring the accuracy of the passengers’ information, contact details, and place of stay during their visit in UAE.”
Flights are sure to resume soonest.