- Flights from Nigeria were on Tuesday, August 3, certified as eligible to enter the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
- The UAE on Tuesday announced that Nigeria and 10 other nations were given permission by its authorities
- The government said countries to enjoy this ban lift include India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE), after five months, on Tuesday, August 3, lifted the flight ban on Nigerian travellers beginning from Thursday, August 5.
Emirates announced on its website that, as directed by the UAE authorities, eligible travellers from Nigeria and 10 other countries will be permitted to travel to and from the nation, Daily Trust reports.
The airline said:
“We will publish details of the latest protocols and requirements on our travel requirements page, as soon as these are available.”
Speaking more on the decision, the country's National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA), as quoted by Channels TV, said:
“Travel for transit passengers from all countries from which transit passengers have been suspended will be resumed in advance provided that the passenger’s last destination is accepted with a laboratory check-up within 72 hours of departure and state airports will allocate special lounges for transit passengers.
“Emergencies, crises and civil aviation announce the exclusion of new categories of passengers from some of the banned countries, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda, as of August 5.
“These categories include those with valid residency permits who have received full vaccination doses in the UAE and 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose and who have vaccination certificates approved by the official authorities in the country.”
Earlier, Emirates, the United Arab Emirate's flag carrier, on Monday, June 21, reinstated its ban on flights from Nigeria just a few days after announcing readiness to allow aircraft to and from the country.
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The airline said from Monday till further notice, customers travelling to and from Lagos and Abuja will not be accepted for travel.
“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."