Nigerian Government eases COVID-19 restrictions on foreign travellers

A recent memo circulated by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) instructed foreign airlines to permit the boarding of passengers without proof of payment for the COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. The memo also granted permission to board passengers who unable to generate a Permit to Travel certificate / QR code.

The memo was issued by the Director-General of the NCAA Musa Nuhu and dated September 11, 2021. The DG of the NCAA revealed that the relaxation on erstwhile restrictions was due to several travellers to Nigeria experiencing challenges in filling their Health and Travel History into the Nigerian International Travel Portal (NITP).

Passengers will however be required to make payment for the repeat day 7 COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at their destination airport in Nigeria. The memo expressly stated that holders of diplomatic passports are children under the age of 10 who are unable to complete their NITP to be allowed to board their flights.

All passengers will have their health declaration and travel history captured by the Port Health Services (PHS) on arrival.

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