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Nigeria relaxes travel protocols for air passengers following reduction in COVID cases

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Nigeria has relaxed travel protocols for air passengers and other stakeholders following the reduction in COVID-19 cases.

In a post on his Twitter handle, the Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika said; “Glad to announce that Government has abolished Permission to travel QR code. Use of face masks is now discretionary and travel PCR tests are suspended. Aviation will boom once again.”

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in a letter dated December 12, 2022, gave comprehensive details of the revised travel protocol.

The letter, which was signed by the Director-General of NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu was addressed to all aviation service providers.

The letter is titled: “Revised COVID-19 Public Health Guidelines for all Aviation Service Providers (Domestic and International Operations).”

The letter reads: “The prevalence of COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria and most parts of the world has remained at a low level for a sustained period.

“The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC) has therefore revised the COVID-19/ Public Health guidelines.

For domestic operations, it stated: “The wearing of facemasks inside airport terminal buildings and onboard aircraft by airport workers, passengers, and crew members is no longer mandatory.

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“Passengers who fail to fill the health questionnaire on the NITP pre-departure will be required to fill the health questionnaire either on board the aircraft prior to landing or at the airport terminal building upon arrival.

“Persons aged 60 years and above, immunocompromised (e.g. due to organ transplant, cancer, etc), those with co-morbidities (e.g. heart disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, etc), are advised to use face masks, wash their hands with water and soap, use hand alcohol-based sanitizers, and avoid large gatherings.

“Disinfection of bags at the entrance of terminal buildings is no longer required.

“Airlines are therefore required to resume serving catering (meals and drinks) on board aircraft.

“Maintaining social distancing at airport terminal buildings is no longer mandatory.

“Facilities and conveyances are advised to maintain good environmental hygiene, good ventilation, and encourage good hand and respiratory hygiene.”

The Nigerian aviation authority noted that it recommends the use of alcohol-based sanitizer for passengers and airport workers and stated that boarding and disembarkation protocols are to be maintained.

“All other COVID-19 quarantine/travel requirements are hereby made optional.

“This AOL supersedes previous AOLs issued on COVID-19 for domestic and international operations.”

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