Vaccination not condition for air travel, says NCAA


The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said that it had not given a directive not to board anyone without proof of vaccination, just as the agency faulted reports by a section of some media (Not in Aviation Metric), that the Federal Government through NCAA had given a directive that from December 1, 2021 travellers without proof of vaccination will not be permitted to board both local and international flights.

In a statement, the General Manager, Public Affairs, NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye says, such directive emanated from the Federal Government through NCAA was false.

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He, therefore, called on the travelling and general public to discountenance such news as there is no iota of truth in it.

According to him, carriers of such news should always cross-check facts from the concerned authorities before publishing.

DG NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu

He said the authority would continue to support all Federal Government initiatives to curb the spread of the Delta variant.

“However, we expect strict adherence to safety protocols in and out of the airports by wearing our facemask, washing our hands periodically, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, maintaining social distance, and avoiding crowded space”.

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Just last month, the NCAA issued a circular to all foreign airlines operating in and out of Nigeria not to deny Nigerians boarding for their inability to show evidence of payment for the Day-7  COVID-19 PCR test or generate paid QR code.

The cumbersomeness of generating the PCR code after payment of the statutory fees has led to many travelers from Nigeria and into Nigeria being denied boarding by airlines.

The Director-General of the NCAA,  Nuhu in a letter to all airlines operating in and out of the country said the decision was taken in view of the challenges some travelers to Nigeria are experiencing while trying to fill their Health and Travel history into Nigeria’s International Travel portal (NITP).

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Wole Shadare