UAE Places Indefinite Ban On Nigerian Flights

Barely 48 hours after lifting the ban on travels between Dubai and Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates has announced the reinstatement of its indefinite travel ban on flights from Nigeria.

Dubai had placed a ban on travellers from Nigeria, South Africa based over a breach of Covid-19 protocols.

The authorities initially fixed Wednesday, June 23, 2021, for the resumption of flights to Nigeria after a directive from the Dubai Media Office announced that passengers from Nigeria were expected to ” provide a negative result for a PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure.”

However, a statement on Emirates’ website on Monday, June 21, 2021, said the UAE made a U-turn with a new travel update indicating that Lagos and Abuja flights would no longer resume on Wednesday as earlier announced.

“In line with government directives, passenger flights to and from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) are suspended with effect from 21 June 2021 until further notice.

“Customers travelling to and from Lagos and Abuja will not be accepted for travel. Customers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days are not permitted to board from any other point to the UAE.

“We regret the inconvenience caused, and affected customers should contact their booking agent or Emirates call centre for rebooking.

“Emirates remains committed to Nigeria, and we look forward to resuming passenger services when conditions allow,” the statement said.

Patsy Nwogu

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