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International flights: FG To Ban Travellers Six Months For Non-Compliance

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The Federal Government has announced that passengers who fail to comply with the Covid-19 protocol will be suspended from travelling for six months. The protocol was put in place to allow the safe reopening of Nigeria’s airspace for international travels. Non-compliance

This is coming just days away from the planned resumption of international flights.

The country’s airspace and airports were shut to flight operations in March. This was done to curb the spread of the lethal coronavirus disease.

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The FG subsequently okayed the restart of domestic flights from July 8. They added that effective September 5, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, would be reopened for international flights. Non-compliance

Giving an update during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 in Abuja on Monday, PTF National Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, said there would be sanctions for non-compliance with the guidelines on the part of the airlines and the passengers.

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Aliyu said, “There will definitely be sanctions if they do not comply. Sanctions to the airlines if they allow passengers without a Covid-19 PCR result to board, they will be sanctioned on arrival in Nigeria. That is the airline.

For passengers that decline to do the test, at Day 7, we will still allow them after Day 14 to have a test done after which their details will be forwarded to Port Health, Immigration, and part of the security services.

Aliyu had also warned that airlines that fail to comply with the Covid-19 protocol for the resumption of international flights would pay a fine of $3,500 per passenger.









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