Africa: UAE govt. back down, removes Rapid Antigen test requirement for Nigerian passengers in aviation sector

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The seeming aviation brawl between the Nigerian and the United Arab Emirates government might soon be over as the middle east nation as decided to remove the Rapid Antigen test requirement for air travellers at the airports in Nigeria.

The Nigerian government had suspended the national carrier of the UAE, Emirates over its insistence on the Rapid Antigen test and it’s refusal to airlift passengers from the country, opting to only airlift inbound passengers from UAE to Nigeria.

In letter sighted by, signed by the UAE’s embassy in Nigeria, the middle east nation said it based on its removal on the Rapid Antigen test requirement, it is hoping the Nigerian government will accede to its demands to enable flight operations to resume between both counties.

The UAE is demanding that:

1.Number of passengers on inbound flights to the UAE must not exceed 200 passengers for two weeks.

2. Only direct flights between Nigeria and UAE are allowed.

3. Passengers need to present a valid negative PCR test conducted within 48 hours before boarding.

4. Provide the Embassy with updated list of the approved PCR test centres by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

5. The importance of ensuring the accuracy of the passenger’s information, contact details and place of stay during their stay in the UAE.

The embassy said: “The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Abuja, avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the assurances of its highest considerations”



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