NCAA permits foreign airlines to board passengers without evidence of COVID-19 test payment due to challenges with NITP

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Airlines operating into and out of Nigeria have been permitted by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA to board any passengers travelling to Nigeria who are unable to show evidence of payment for day-7 Covid-19 PCR test or generate paid QR code or permit to fly.

The premission is granted in a letter to all foreign airlines as signed by the Director General NCAA Captain Musa Nuhu dated 11th September, 2021.

The letter states that the granting of the permit is hinged on the difficulties being experienced by travellers to Nigeria in trying to fill their  health and travel history into the Nigeria International Travel Portal, NITP.

According to the letter, the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 has been made aware of the challenges.

The NCAA DG says, “such passengers will be required to make payment for the repeated day-7 COVID-19 test at their 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. 

Federal Government Ministers alerted by this development copied are the Minister’s if Health and Aviation Information and Culture.

Others are; the Chairman Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 and the Head, Technical Secretariat, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19.