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UAE extends ban on Nigeria flights to March 20

The United Arab Emirates has extended its ban on Nigerian flights till March 20.

This was disclosed in a statement from the public relations firm of the Emirates, stating that customers from Nigeria would not be accepted for travel till after the given date.

It was however confirmed in the statement that Emirates flights from Dubai to Lagos and Abuja will continue as scheduled.

The statement said, “In line with government directives, passenger services from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) to Dubai are temporarily suspended until 20 March 2021.

“Customers from both Abuja and Lagos will not be accepted for travel prior to or including this date. Passengers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days are not allowed entry into the UAE (whether terminating in or connecting through Dubai).”

Recall that Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority barred Emirate from Nigeria, alleging flouting of COVID-19 protocols, in addition to the introduction of rapid antigen test as against the Presidential Taskforce COVID-19 (PTF) guidelines.

The ban was later lifted after Emirate agreed to withdraw the rapid antigen testing requirement.

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