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COVID-19: UAE lifts travel ban for Nigerian passengers



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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday relaxed travel restrictions for passengers from Nigeria.

The Middle-Eastern country lifted the restriction for six countries, of which Nigeria was inclusive. The affected countries include; Nigeris, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Uganda.

The recent directive which will be effective from August 5, 2021, was announced by the country’s National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) which had banned flights from Nigeria in January due to a rise in the country’s COVID-19 cases.

According to the UAE’s health agency, eligible passengers must present negative PCR tests taken 72 hours before departure.


“Travel for transit passengers from all countries from which transit passengers have been suspended will be resumed in advance provided that the passenger’s last destination is accepted with a laboratory check-up within 72 hours of departure and state airports will allocate special lounges for transit passengers,” NCEMA said.

“Emergencies, crises and civil aviation announce the exclusion of new categories of passengers from some of the banned countries, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda, as of August 5.

“These categories include those with valid residency permits who have received full vaccination doses in the UAE and 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose and who have vaccination certificates approved by the official authorities in the country.”

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