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FG Canvasses Waivers For Travellers Without Payment Proof For COVID-19 Test

September 12, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has appealed to all foreign airlines operating in and out of Nigeria not to deny Nigerians boarding for their inability to show evidence of payment for the Day-7 COVID-19 PCR test or generate paid QR code.

A circular sent to all foreign airlines dated September 11, 2021, and signed by the Director-General, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, stated that, this is as a result of the difficulties some travelers to Nigeria are experiencing while trying to fill their Health and Travel history into Nigeria’s International Travel Portal (NITP).

The circular with the title: “Permission For Airlines To Board Passengers Traveling To Nigeria Who Are Unable To Show Evidence Of Payment For Day Seven COVID-19 PCR Test Or Generate Paid QR Code/Permit To Fly”, notes that, the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 has been made aware of difficulties some travelers to Nigeria are experiencing while trying to fill their health and travel history into the Nigeria International Travel Portal (NITP).

Captain Nuhu explains that, by the letter, airlines are mandated to board any traveler to Nigeria who is unable to either pay for the repeat day-7 COVID-19 PCR test or generate the paid QR code/permit to fly.

He adds that such passengers will be required to make payment for the repeat day-7 COVID-19 PCR test at their destination airport in Nigeria.

For holders of diplomatic passports and children aged 10 years and below who are unable to complete the NIPT are to be allowed to board the flight and their health declaration and travel history will be captured by the Port Health Services (PHS) at the destination airport.

The NCAA boss urges airlines to bring this information to the knowledge of their passengers and ensure strict compliance with the above-stated condition.