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UAE Reinstates Travel Ban On Nigeria

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have reinstated the travel ban earlier lifted on Nigeria, India and South Africa, the country has once again banned flights to and from Nigeria.

The ban takes official effect from Monday, 21st June 2021 until further notice.

UAE had on Saturday announced the lifting of ban on Nigeria, India and South Africa before reintroducing it on Monday.  

An update from Emirates Airlines on Monday stated that, “In line with government directives, passenger flights to and from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) are suspended with immediate effect from 21 June, 2021 until further notice.

“Customers travelling to and from Lagos and Abuja will not be accepted to 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 inconveniences caused, and affected customers should contact their booking agents or Emirates call centres for rebooking. Emirates remains committed to Nigeria, and we look forward to resuming passenger services when conditions allow.”

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Emirates Airlines had on February 1, 2021 directed that Nigerian travellers at the Lagos and Abuja airports must conduct rapid COVID-19 tests before departure.

Consequently, the Nigerian government also banned  Emirates flights into Nigeria.

The ban was, however, lifted after the airline agreed to stop the rapid antigen tests.

Later, the Federal Government reintroduced the ban on March 15, saying the airline rescinded the agreement.

On March 25, 2021, the UAE Embassy in Abuja announced new COVID-19 travel protocols for Nigeria as measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

It stated that passengers who had been in or transited through South Africa or Nigeria in the last 14 days before travelling to Dubai were barred from entering Dubai.

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