International Flights: FG to fine airlines $3,500 per passenger for non-compliance


As international flights resume August 29, 2020 the Federal Government on Monday issued fresh COVID-19 protocol for passengers and airlines.

The fresh protocol stipulated that a negative COVID-19 test result remained important for each passenger before boarding and upon arrival in Nigeria; while it also warned that airlines that fail to comply would pay a fine of 3,500 dollars per passenger.

The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, made this known during a briefing in Abuja on Monday.

Aliyu said that the policy that airlines would only board passengers without symptoms of COVID-19 and with negative PCR results, would remain in effect.

He said on arrival in the country from the 29th of ayugust, 2020, passports will no longer be retained by the Nigeria Immigration Service, but rather, passengers would be allowed to proceed and exit the airport, once they could show evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR result and evidence for payment for a repeat PCR result in the country; and where possible, where they have been able to get the health questionnaires that have been submitted.

He further said that passengers would be asked to proceed on self-isolation at home for a period of seven days and on day 7, they would proceed to their sample collection centre for a repeat PCR test and by day 8, they would be allowed to rejoin the society.

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