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Just In: COVID tests no longer required for travellers irrespective of vaccination status — FG

Just In: COVID tests no longer required for travellers irrespective of vaccination status — FG

The Federal Government says pre-arrival or post-arrival testing for COVID is no longer required for travellers, “irrespective of vaccination status”.

The director-general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Musa Nuhu, announced this in a letter dated December 12, 2022, and addressed to airline operators.

“COVID-19 Travel Testing: Pre-departure and Post-arrival COVID-19 PCR tests are no longer required for all passengers irrespective of vaccination status. PCR tests required for all passengers who are partially/not fully vaccinated have been suspended.

The wearing of face mask inside airport terminal buildings and on board aircraft by airport workers, passengers, and crew members is no longer mandatory. Wearing of face mask by passengers on board aircraft or inside airport terminal buildings is discretionary but recommended.

Persons aged 60 years and above, immunocompromised (e.g. due to organ transplant, cancer, etc), those with co-morbidities (e.g. heart disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, etc), are advised to use face masks, wash their hands with water and soap, use hand alcohol-based sanitizers, and avoid large gatherings.

Disinfection of bags at the entrance of terminal buildings is no longer required. Airlines are therefore required to resume serving catering (meals and drinks) on board aircraft. Maintaining social distancing at airport terminal buildings is no longer mandatory.

Facilities and conveyances are advised to maintain good environmental hygiene, good ventilation, and encourage good hand and respiratory hygiene. The use of alcohol-based sanitizer by passengers and airport workers is recommended. Boarding and disembarkation protocols are to be maintained.

All other COVID-19 quarantine/travel requirements are hereby made optional. This AOL supersedes previous AOLs issued on COVID-19 for domestic and international operations,” the latter reads.

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