The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday announced that it is relaxing restrictions for inbound passengers from six countries, including Nigeria.
The country’s National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) says the lifting of the restrictions will take effect from August 5.
The country in January had announced a ban on transit flights from Nigeria as it battled a rise in COVID-19 cases.
However, Tuesday’s announcement will allow passengers from the six countries – India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Uganda, and Nigeria – to be able to transit through UAE airports, as they present negative PCR tests taken 72 hours before departure.
According to NCEMA “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,”
It added that “… emergencies, crises and civil aviation announced 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.”
Final destination approval would also have to be provided, the authority said, adding that UAE departure airports would arrange separate lounges for transiting passengers
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