In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 11th, September, 2020

Nigerian Authorities Officers Bar Residents from Boarding In Dubai, Demand COVID-19 Take a look at Payment

Nigerian Government Officials Bar Citizens from Boarding In Dubai, Demand COVID-19 Test Fee

Airline operators on the Dubai Worldwide Airport have prevented Nigerians from boarding flights to the nation with out paying 500 dirhams for a repeat COVID-19 take a look at.

A supply advised SaharaReporters that the operators mentioned they have been appearing on directions from Nigeria.

Emirate officers had in August revoked beforehand issued visas to Nigerians and did not renew the paperwork of others.

The Emirate had ordered that they go away the dominion on Thursday September 10.

A number of Nigerians, who tried to board return flights say the airline operators are mandating them to pay N50,964 for a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Response take a look at on instruction from Nigeria.

That is in contravention of a directive from the Nigeria centre for Illness management stating that if the fee can’t be made on-line earlier than journey, it ought to be paid on arrival.

“They’re asking those that intend to board to pay 500 dirhams (N52,219 based on forex converter) earlier than they are often allowed to get into the plane,”
the supply mentioned.

“In some elements of the UAE, the assessments are free, in different elements it’s the equal of N25,000.”

In line with him, the PCR take a look at is a repeat take a look at to be completed in Nigeria.

These, who intend to board had already introduced a adverse COVID-19 outcome 96 hours earlier than the scheduled departure date.

The Nigeria Centre for Illness Management and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority had mentioned within the journey memo that passengers ought to current a adverse PCR take a look at earlier than boarding.

“As a part of efforts to resolve fee challenges, as an interim measure, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority has notified all worldwide passengers to Nigeria can board if they’ve a sound COVID-19 adverse PCR outcome.

“Passengers who’re unable to finish on-line fee for the COVID-19 repeat take a look at required, can pay on arrival in Nigeria,” the journey recommendation mentioned.

In a video seen by SaharaReporters, nevertheless, a number of individuals may very well be heard begging to check-in.

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Because the UAE moved to ship Nigerians in a foreign country, the Federal Authorities has been silent on the event.

On March 1 2020, the Emirati Authorities introduced that every one expatriates within the UAE holding a residency visa, go to visa or mission visa might keep inside the UAE on their present visa till the tip of December 2020.

On July 11, nevertheless, the UAE authority revised its order, asking completely different class of expatriates and visa holders to instantly change their standing or renew their visas.

Nigerians, who tried to resume their visas, or whose employers tried to replace their standing, had their requests denied.

A number of of them affected advised SaharaReporters that immigration officers within the Emirate failed to offer them a motive.

Nigerian Embassy employees within the UAE weren’t obtainable for feedback.


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