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Again, UAE Set To Lift Ban On Transit Flights From Nigeria

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) says it will lift the ban on transit passenger flights from six countries, including Nigeria, with effect from Thursday, August 5, The Cable reports.

This comes five months after the ban on Nigeria was put in place over Covid-19 protocols.

The National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) announced this on Tuesday, 3 August, via its official Twitter handle.

In February, the UAE had banned transit flights with Nigerians on board from its airports due to the rise in Covid-19 cases.

Also, authorities in Nigeria and UAE had been engaging in diplomatic discussions over issues relating to the Covid-19 protocol.

The UAE authorities had instructed Nigerian travelers at the Lagos and Abuja airports to take another PCR test on arrival in Dubai.

But Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, criticized the decision and termed it “discriminatory profiling” of Nigerian travelers.

He had said that the UAE is claiming instances of fake Covid-19 test results from Nigeria, explaining that there are fake results in UAE, Germany, Italy, and globally.

According to the statement, NCEMA said that passengers would be able to transit through its airports from Thursday as long as they present negative PCR tests taken 72 hours before departure.

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