The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has noted that it will no longer make the Rapid Antigen Test compulsory Dubai bound passengers from Nigeria. This it noted is a move to end the suspension of inbound and outbound flights between both countries.

Earlier in February, the United Arab Emirates had directed that in addition to the Federal Government recommended PCR test, outbound passengers from Nigeria travelling to Dubai on Emirates must take the Rapid Antigen Test four hours before boarding their flights.

The Federal Government through the Ministry of Aviation rejected this and even went ahead to ban Emirates Airlines from operating in the country .

However, in a letter issued by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Abuja to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Protocol Department) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, only direct flights between UAE and Nigeria will be allowed, adding that passengers need to present a valid negative PCR test conducted within 48 hours before boarding. The Federal Government has also been required to provide the embassy with updated lists of all approved PCR test centres in Nigeria.

The UAE government also limited the number of outbound passengers to the country to 200 for the first two weeks.