UAE makes U-turn, places ban on Nigerian flights

UAE lifts ban, UAE ban Nigerian flights

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has again announced an indefinite suspension of flights from Nigeria to Dubai.

The latest development is coming barely 48 hours after the UAE announced that it has finally lifted the ban on travels between Dubai and Nigeria.

Dubai had earlier placed a ban on travellers from Nigeria, India, and South Africa over the breach of COVID-19 protocols.

UAE, in a message from the Dubai Media Office, announced that passengers from Nigeria are expected to ”provide a negative result for a PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure.”

“Passengers from these countries are also expected to present a negative PCR test certificate with an OR code from laboratories approved by the Nigerian government, while also undergoing the same test upon arrival at the Dubai airport,” the Dubai Media Office stated.

UAE had in the message fixed Wednesday, June 23, 2021, for resumption of flights to Nigeria.

However, in a statement on its website on Monday, the airline stated that the UAE has made a U-turn with a new travel update indicating that Lagos and Abuja flights would no longer resume on Wednesday as earlier announced.

The statement read, “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.

“Customers travelling to and from Lagos and Abuja will not be accepted for 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.

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“We regret the inconvenience caused, and affected customers should contact their booking agent or Emirates call centre for rebooking.

“Emirates remains committed to Nigeria, and we look forward to resuming passenger services when conditions allow,” UAE stated.