The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued a circular to all foreign airlines operating into Nigeria not to henceforth deny Nigerian travellers boarding for their inability to show evidence of payment for the day-7 COVID-19 PCR test or generate paid QR code.
This was disclosed in a letter to all foreign airlines dated September 11, 2021, signed by the DG, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu says, stating 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 letter entitled, “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).
With the circular, airlines are now mandated to board travellers to Nigeria who finds it difficult to either pay for the repeat day-7 COVID-19 PCR test or generate the paid QR code/permit to fly.
The NCAA DG explained that such passengers now have the option of making payment for the repeat day-7 COVID-19 PCR test at the destination airport in Nigeria.
The letter also states that holders of diplomatic passports and children aged ten years and below who are unable to complete the NITP are to be allowed to board the flight, adding that, their health declaration and travel history will be captured by the Port Health Services at the destination airport.
He says, airlines are to bring this information to the knowledge of their passengers and ensure strict compliance with the above stated conditions.