Tuesday, August 18, 2020

International Flights Resumption

International flights resumption date has been postponed from 28 August to 5 September 2020. Ahead of the resumption of international flights, the Nigerian government has released the list of international airlines approved to operate in the country.

Some of the airlines that have been given approvals to operate within the COVID-19 protocols, include: Middle-East, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Egyptair, Air Peace, Virgin Atlantic, Asky, Africa World Airways (AWA), Air Cote-d’Ivoire, Kenya Airways, Emirate, and Turkish airlines. Book cheapest airlines flight tickets online NOW!

Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika stated flight operations would commence in and out of Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.

Sirika also noted procedures to be observed by passengers would be announced in due course.

He disclosed these on Monday in Abuja during the briefing by members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

Asides the test passengers would have to undergo before boarding flight into Nigeria, the Minister stated that passengers will undergo another test eight days after arrival.

He said all evacuation flights introduced in the wake of the ban on international flights occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic will end on August 25, 2020.

He said: “I am pleased to announce that international flights will be resumed from the 5th of September, 2020. It will start just like we did with domestic; it will start with Lagos and Abuja. The protocols and procedures will be announced in due course.

“However, what we have become used to; physical distancing, wearing of a mask, washing of hands, temperature checks will continue.

“In the beginning, there will four flights into Abuja and Lagos daily, we will give further details on that. This is a decision that was taken by the PTF and not that by the aviation ministry alone.”

On what is required of passengers? Sirika said "passengers are to book their flight tickets online and very close your departure dates, you will take a COVID test where you are coming from and then, of course, you would go online to fill the health questionnaire so that you don’t bother yourself filling long forms while you arrive on in the aircraft.

“There will also be a portal that we will open. Prior to your departure, you will pay through that platform for the test to be done here in Nigeria after your arrival.

‘’Meaning that, just before you depart, you take a test and when you are negative and not showing any signs of Covid-19, we will board you on the flight.

“When you arrive in Nigeria, you will go through the protocols and exit the airport, and the eight-day after your arrival, which we consider the incubation period, you will take a test.

‘’They will pay for the testing before they board and it will be on a platform online and it will give them options of what to do and then the test will be done after eight days.’’

As we anticipate international flight res umption, we will like to keep you up to speed with airport resumption dates and safety protocols. Here are the latest updates

International flights are tentatively scheduled to resume 5th September 2020
International flight operations will commence with Lagos and Abuja airports.

The Federal Government will enforce the principle of reciprocity on international flights. What this means is that airlines from countries that have banned Nigerians would not be given permission to operate in Nigeria when the international airports reopen.

As international flights are set to resume, negative COVID-19 test results are a requirement for flights. We have compiled a list of government approved laboratories  travelers can carry out their tests.

Any country that doesn't allow Nigerian visitors in, may also have their citizens denied entry into Nigeria
Self isolation period will be reduced to 7 days provided passengers provide a negative PCR result
On day 7, passengers will proceed to a sample collection center or laboratory for a repeat COVID-19 PCR test
On day 8, if the COVID-19 PCR result is negative, passengers will be allowed to exit isolation
Passengers will be allowed to keep their passports as they go into quarantine at their respective homes.

Virgin Atlantic is offering all passengers free COVID-19 insurance. This cover applies to every existing booking, as well as new bookings made for travel between 24 August 2020 and 31 March 2021.

Virgin Atlantic will also commence operation from Lagos to London Heathrow on 10 September 2020
Travellers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test


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