FG lifts ban on flights from India to Nigeria

The Federal Government has lifted the ban placed on flights coming into the country from India.

This was disclosed by the Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19, Boss Mustapha, via a new travel protocol released yesterday, which indicated that the ban has been lifted. 

However, the sanctions placed on airlines that convey passengers from restricted countries and travellers who are non-Nigerians remain.

Mustapha said, “Non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil, Turkey or South Africa within 14 days preceding travel to Nigeria, shall be denied entry into Nigeria. 

This regulation, however, does not apply to passengers who transited through these countries.

“Airlines who fail to comply shall mandatorily pay a penalty of $3,500 defaulting passenger; and non-Nigerians will be denied entry and returned to the country of embarkation at a cost to the airline. 

“Nigerians and those with a permanent residence permit who visited Brazil, Turkey, and South Africa within 14 days preceding travel to Nigeria shall be made to undergo seven days of mandatory quarantine in a Government approved facility at the point-of-entry city and at a cost to the passenger”.

Mustapha explained that before departure from exit country, passengers must perform a Covid-19 PCR test not more than three days before boarding, adding that the PCR tests done more than 72 hours before departure are not valid and persons will not be allowed to board.

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