The Federal Government has granted waiver from pre-departure Covid-19 protocols for Nigerian returnees from Ukraine.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said the approval was granted by the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on Covid-19.
Director-General of the NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, who disclosed this in an All Operators’ Letter (DG/04/22) directed to all airlines operating to Nigeria said, “In view of the ongoing hostilities in Ukraine, the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID19 has directed that Airlines board passengers travelling to Nigeria with proof of having left Ukraine.
Approved was a waiver from the 48- hour Pre-departure COVID19 PCR test requirement and waiver from the requirement to pre-departure filling of the Nigerian International Travel Portal (NITP), payment for repeat test in Nigeria and generation of Permit to Fly/QR code.
The letter added that passengers will however be required to fill the Nigerian International Travel Portal (NITP) upon their arrival in Nigeria with the assistance of the Port Health Services.
“Upon arriving in Nigeria passengers will be directed by the Port Health Services to designated Government Laboratories for COVID19 PCR test. The COVID19 PCR test which must be done within Twenty Fours (24) hours of arrival will be at no cost to the passenger,” the letter said.
Daily Trust reports that Nigeria’s carriers, Max Air and Air Peace, have been contracted to evacuate Nigerians who fled Ukraine to neighbouring countries in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine war.
The two flights to Romania and Poland by Max Air and Air Peace respectively would leave Nigeria on Wednesday night.