Africa: Nigeria’s Presidential Taskforce directs airlines to deny passengers in aviation sector boarding without accredited laboratory COVID-19 PCR test

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Nigeria’s Presidential Taskforce (PTF), on COVID-19 has directed airline operators in the sector to deny any passenger intending to travel boarding without an accredited laboratory PCR Test following the launch of the PCR test verification platform.

According to a statement signed by the Director General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Nuhu Musa, the PTF, said only results from accredited private laboratories should be accepted from outbound passengers by airlines as from Monday, 22nd March 2021.

He said all airlines are to process and board and board only passengers in possession of valid COVID-19 PCR test result conducted at accredited private laboratories adding that the list of accredited private testing laboratories can be found on the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), website.

“No airline should accept a COVID-19 PCR test result carried out at a public laboratory from passengers for travel purposes.

“Airlines are to use the COVID-19 PCR verification platform developed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), to confirm the authenticity of all PCR test results presented to them by intending passengers prior to checking-in/boarding.”

Nuhu further stated that passengers who present fake PCR test results to any airline for travel purposes are to be denied boarding, documented and reported to security agencies at the airport for prosecution.

He added that a list of passengers found in possession of fake PCR test results during boarding is to be submitted to the head, Port Health Services of the respective International airports, adding that it should include a copy of the bio-data page of the passenger’s travel passport.

He pointed out that all airlines are to ensure strict compliance to the directive, as defaulters will be sanctioned.

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