The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued out warning to foreign Airlines operating into Nigeria from UK, South Africa.
Over the weekend, the Presidential Task force issued new travel rules for passengers on direct flights from the UK and South Africa due to the variant of coronavirus discovered recently in these two countries.
The penalties according to the NCAA include a fine of $3,500 for each passenger who boarded and fails to meet the new travel measures just announced by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
In a letter issued to foreign Airlines, the NCAA stated that;
“Punitive measures shall be taken against airlines who fail to comply with this All Operators Letters. The punitive measures shall include but not limited to the following: “Airlines shall be fined $3,500 (Three thousand five hundred dollars) for each defaulting passenger. Airlines may be required to return non-Nigerian defaulting passengers to point of embarkation. Repeated non-compliance by any airline will lead to the suspension of the airline’s approval/permit to fly into the country.”
According to the new rules: “The new rules are applicable to scheduled and non scheduled flights from the United Kingdom and South Africa.
“Passengers must present the following two documents in order to be allowed to board their flights to Nigeria: (a) Pre-departure permit to fly/ QR code generated from the Nigeria International travel portal (https://nitp.ncdc.gov.ng) showing evidence of payment for the post-arrival day 7 COVID-19 PCR test and (b) Documentary evidence of a Negative COVID-19 PCR result done within 96 hours(4days) of boarding from verifiable laboratory or health facility.
“On arrival in Nigeria, passengers will be received and processed separately by public health authorities. All passengers will be required to self isolate for 7 days after arrival followed by COVID-19 PCR test passengers with a post-arrival Negative COVID-19 PCR result can exit self-isolation and further management.”