In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 28th, August, 2020

International locations That Nigerian Travellers Can Go From 5 September

Countries That Nigerian Travellers Can Go From 5 September

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Nigerian travellers have slender decisions of exterior locations they will go when the authorities resume worldwide flights on 5 September.

Final week, Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika introduced that Nigeria will resume post-COVID-19 flights, at two of the nation’s gateways, Abuja and Lagos.

He gave the tentative date of 29 August, which was shifted by one week on Thursday.

He was fast so as to add final week, that the nation will solely settle for flights from international locations, that haven’t any present journey ban in opposition to Nigerians.

Many international locations, amid the COVID-19 pandemic shut their airspace and closed their borders since March. A few of them are actually easing issues up, however with a whole lot of restrictions.

Britain has Nigeria on its journey ban, identical to the US, which imposed its ban in February.

UK, essentially the most favorite vacation spot of Nigerian travellers, pre-COVID, has drawn up an exempt listing of nations and territories. Nigeria i conspicuously lacking.

In Africa, solely the islands of Mauritius, Reunion, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha are are on the listing.

For Nigerians, flights to Britain can solely be on ”important” solely foundation, similar to medicare, research or becoming a member of households.

These coming in exterior of the exempt international locations should abide by the 14-day quarantine rule that was put in place on June eight, together with travellers coming from the US, with the world’s heaviest coronavirus caseload.

Whereas Nigerians are welcome within the United Arab Emirates, they can’t go to Cyprus and Saudi Arabia.

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The UAE clarified just lately that Nigerians are welcome, amid speculations that they might have been banned due to the status injury attributable to the arrest of worldwide fraudsters, Ramon Abbas a.ok.a Hushpuppi and Olalekan Ponle a.ok.a Woodberry..

The EU has additionally slammed an iron curtain in opposition to Nigerian travellers. It means Nigerian travellers should not welcome for now in nearly all its 28-member international locations.

These are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Eire, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden

EU has an present ban on MedView Airline from its air house. So the ban of Nigerian travellers is a double blow.

Nonetheless, Nigerians should not exceptions, as People, nearly the complete Latin America nationals, China, Russia are on the listing.

The exceptions are Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. EU is continually updating its listing.

However Croatia, a member of the EU is permitting all flights, together with from Nigeria, if travellers can present proof of a adverse COVID-19 check consequence procured inside 48 hours of arriving on the Croatian border, or undergo an in any other case necessary quarantine.

In Africa, Though Egypt has opened its airports to scheduled flights , it solely permits restricted flights from different international locations.

In West Africa, there isn’t a reported ban of Nigerian travellers in any of the international locations within the area.

There are restrictions nonetheless.

Ghana insists on COVID-19 optimistic certificates.

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In East Africa, Ethiopia can be open to Nigerians, with situations.

Ethiopian Airline explains the prevailing coverage:

” Efficient July 18,2020 the Ethiopian Authorities has determined to quarantine all arriving passengers coming into Ethiopia for 7 days on the expense of the passengers, besides travellers who can deliver certificates of adverse RT-PCR SAR-CoV check achieved as much as 5 days earlier than arrival to Ethiopia.

“All travellers arriving at Bole Worldwide airport who can deliver a certificates of adverse RT-PCR SAR-CoV check achieved as much as 5 days earlier than arrival to Ethiopia, shall be required necessary 14-day self-quarantine at dwelling after giving pattern upon arrival.

“All travellers with NO certificates of adverse RT-PCR SAR-CoV check achieved as much as 5 days earlier than arrival to Ethiopia in addition to returnees shall be quarantined at chosen motels together with the Ethiopian Skylight Lodge for 7 days at passenger’s personal expense or shall be positioned at completely different quarantine centres for 7 days.

“After 7 days, travellers shall be examined after which self-isolated for an extra 7 days at dwelling”.

Kenya additionally permits Nigerian travellers to return in. However they need to bear quarantine, based on an advisory by the nation’s international affairs ministry.

The nation doesn’t embrace Nigeria amongst 129 international locations exempt from quarantine, however exempts America that has the world’s worst COVID-19 instances and deaths and India, with the third worst. COVID. Even Saudi Arabia, with Arab world’s second worst instances after Iran is on Kenya’s quarantine exemption listing.

Kenya urges travellers to fill a compulsory ministry of well being travellers well being service on-line type and submit previous to journey.

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The net type may be accessed from the ministry of well being web site https://bit.ly/covid19

The east African nation, regardless of the exemptions, insists all arriving passengers on worldwide flights into Kenya should be screened.


“If physique temperature just isn’t above 37.5° c (99.5°f); would not have a persistent cough, issue in respiration or different flu-like signs; have adverse COVID – 19 check carried out inside 96 hours earlier than journey and are from accredited states they shall be exempt from quarantine”.

Up until Thursday Nigerian authorities are nonetheless gathering information on international locations which have banned each Nigerian flights and passengers, forward of 5 September.

Hadi Sirika defined the coverage of reciprocity: “In the event that they ban each the passengers and the carriers collectively, then that’s what’s going to occur,” Sirika stated.

Sirika stated imposing utterly reciprocal measures ensures equity to Nigerians.


“Our (COVID-19) numbers should not equal to the numbers we’ve seen in Europe,”
Sirika stated, including that with journey bans, “we really feel that it’s discriminating in opposition to our folks.”

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