Flout revised COVID-19 protocols, get $3, 500 fine, NCAA warns airlines

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued a notification to all airlines stating that airlines that flout the newly revised COVID-19 Provisional Quarantine protocols will pay a penalty of $3,500 per passenger for non-compliance with the requirements while there may be an outright ban.

 In an All Operators Letter(AOL) with reference NCAA/DG/AIR/16/327 issued December 3rd, 2021 to all accountable managers and signed by the Director-General NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, all airlines that protocols for international flight operations and quarantine protocols for travellers arriving Nigeria issued on July 1, 2021still subsists.

The CAA in its AOL stated that for, ”Inbound passengers: Airlines are only to board passengers travelling to Nigeria who are in possession of a paid permit to travel with a QR Code and a result of a negative COVID-19 test done not later than 48 hours from the time of boarding.

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“For any inbound passenger who is unable to either make payment for his/her repeat PCR test(s) or generate a paid permit to travel via the Nigeria International Travel Portal (NITP), airlines are to send an email to directorporthealthfmoh@gmail.com and copy travelportal@ncdc.gov.ng. ictservicedesk@ncdc.gov.ng, ilfred.haggai@ncaa.gov.gn for necessary assistance”.

For outbound passengers, AOL directed that” Airlines are only to board passengers out of Nigeria with evidence of either full vaccination for COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test done at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) accredited laboratories mot later than 48hours from time of boarding.

The CAA stressed that violation of these travel directives will cost the airline $3500 for any individual passenger or earn them a ban from flying into Nigeria.

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” Non-compliance to these pre-boarding requirements by any airline will attract a penalty of $3,500 per passenger. Airlines who consistently fail to comply with these requirements may be banned from coming to Nigeria.”

Wole Shadare