FG stops compulsory COVID-19 test for air travellers

The Federal Government has stopped the compulsory PCR tests for passengers boarding airlines in the country.

This was contained in a memo signed by NCAA Director-General, Musa Nuhu, on Tuesday.

It said the regulations were relaxed because COVID-19 “has been persistently rare in Nigeria and most of the rest of the world”.

“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.

“Wearing of facemasks by passengers onboard aircraft or inside airport terminal buildings is discretionary but recommended,” the memo said.

It, however, recommended washing hands with water and soap, using hand sanitisers, and avoiding large gatherings for people 60 years and older, immune-compromised individuals, and people with co-morbidities.

The guideline further stated that upholding social distance at airport terminal buildings and sanitising bags at the entrance would no longer be necessary.

The NCAA also said disinfection of bags at the entrance of terminal buildings is no longer required.

Airlines are also directed 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, encourage good hand and respiratory hygiene,” the memo added.

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