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Business News of Monday, 13 September 2021


NCAA relaxes rule, approves payment on arrival for coronavirus test

Captain Musa Nuhu Captain Musa Nuhu

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has directed airline operators across the country to relax conditions for passengers unable to show evidence of payment or generate the QR code for the Day-7 COVID-19 PCR test.

A memo on Saturday from the Director-General of the NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, said that airlines were permitted to board travelers to Nigeria unable to either pay for the repeat Day-7 COVID-19 PCR test or generate the paid QR code/Permit to fly.

The memo read, “The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 has been made aware of challenges some travelers to Nigeria are experiencing while trying to fill their health and travel history into the Nigeria International Travel Portal.

“Airlines are hereby permitted to board any traveler to Nigeria who is unable to either pay for the repeat day-7 COVID-19 PCR test or generate the paid QR code/permit to fly.

“Such passengers will be required to make payment for the repeat Day-7 COVID-19 PCR test at their destination airport in Nigeria.

“Holders of diplomatic passports and children aged 10 years and below who are unable to complete the NITP are to be allowed to board the flight.

“Their health declaration and travel history will be captured by the Port Health Services at the destination airport.”

It added that airlines were to bring this information to the knowledge of their passengers and ensure strict compliance with the stated conditions.