Again, Emirates Extends Suspension Of Nigerian Flights

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag carrier, Emirates, has further extended suspension of its flights to Nigeria till September 5, fuelling uncertainty on resumption of travels between the two countries.

The extension of flight cessation is coming despite the decision by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to open its borders to welcome fully vaccinated tourists from all countries.

Flights between both countries have been halted since March this year following diplomatic spat caused by COVID-19 protocols.

Since then, efforts to reinstate the flights have not yielded results as both countries are yet to arrive at a common ground on the procedure for inbound passengers.

Prior to the suspension of Nigerian flights by Emirates, the airline was suspended by the Federal Government for introducing rapid antigen test for Nigerian passengers in addition to the negative PCR test requirement stipulated by the then Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19.

This prompted the UAE to suspend all flights to and from Nigeria in the last five months.

Daily Trust reports that the Dubai News Agency WAM reported on Saturday that with effect from Monday August 30, fully vaccinated tourists would be allowed into the country.

It said applicants must have taken the full doses of the COVID-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).

“This decision applies to countries from which entry was previously prohibited, given that people take the mandatory rapid PCR test at the airport. Previous requirements remain valid for non-vaccinated groups.

“It is possible to register vaccination certificates for travelers wishing to enjoy the advantages obtained by individuals who received the vaccine in the country, through the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship’s platform and the Al Hosn application,” the state media reported.

But despite this, the coast is not yet clear for the resumption of flights between Nigeria and UAE.

Emirates, in a statement on its website, said flights to and from Nigeria will remain suspended until September 5, 2021.

“Customers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days will not be permitted on any Emirates flights bound for Dubai. Affected flight bookings have been cancelled,” the airline said.


About Don Saint

PR Guru / Author / Promoter / Controversial Writer / Hip Hop Artiste / Actor / Human Rights Activist. The First Nigerian Hip Hop Artiste to obtain a Masters Degree (M.A) in Arts ( Religion & Human Relations). The author of one of the most controversial books in Nigeria; "Emancipation from Masturbation". With over 12 Movies and 3 Musical albums since 2003. Former Events Manager at Silverbird’s Rhythm Fm Awka Station till 2010. For more info. Call : 08033239298.

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