International carrier, Emirates Airline has said that flight operations between Dubai and Nigeria will resume from December 5, 2021.
Recall that the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had said that the Nigerian Government and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have settled their differences.
The Muhammadu Buhari government had barred Emirates airlines from flying into Nigeria over UAE’s travel restrictions on Nigerians as regards COVID-19 protocols.
But the minister stated that the ban was lifted following successful dialogue with the UAE, adding that the country had also removed all discriminatory policies on Nigerians.
Siriki equally stated the ban was lifted due to the calls by Nigerian travellers to resolve the impasse with the Middle East country.
On Sunday, Emirates had stated that flight operations to and from Nigeria to Dubai remain suspended until further notice.
But in a statement on Thursday, the airline said it is resuming operation in the country following the resolution of its row with Nigeria.
Emirates added that it will operate to and from its Nigerian gateways with daily flights, providing travellers from Nigeria with convenient access to Dubai.
The carrier said throughout the pandemic it has been updating passengers with industry-leading health and safety measures at every point of the travel journey.
It said the COVID-19 PCR tests are mandatory for all inbound passengers arriving in Dubai, including UAE citizens, residents and tourists, irrespective of the country they are coming from.
The statement reads: ”Travellers coming from Nigeria must hold a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
“Additionally, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has specified designated laboratories for passengers departing Nigeria and travellers must obtain their certificate from one of the labs listed here to be accepted on the flight. Travellers coming from Nigeria will also need to take another Covid-19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai International Airport.
“Passengers flying to Nigeria have to meet the requirements of their destination.”
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