LAGOS-Sunday 20 June 2021: UAE carrier Emirates Airlines will resume flights to Nigeria, South and india from June 23, five months after it banned outbound flights from its Abuja and Lagos destinations, embassy said as it announced revised rules on COVID-19.
This followed the withdrawal of the Rapid Antigen Test the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had insisted passengers from Nigeria travelling to Dubai must take four hours before boarding their flights.
“We look forward to facilitating travel from these countries and supporting various travellers’ categories,” the airline said in a separate statement.
“Residence visa holders from India and travellers from South Africa should’ve taken two doses of a vaccine approved by UAE authorities and carry RT-PCR tests reports from labs approved by the federal governments of these countries.
“But for Nigerians vaccination is not made mandatory but all other conditions apply.
“In addition to the above, Indians have to take a rapid PCR test four hours prior to their travel.
“While there are four vaccines in the UAE for use on eligible individuals against the COVID-19 infection – Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sputnik V and Oxford-AstraZeneca, it is unclear if the UAE has approved vaccines administered on Indian, South African and Nigerian citizens in their countries,” it stated.
All travellers are also required to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours before departure.
UAE citizens are exempted.
Only QR coded PCR test result certificates are accepted. All passengers must take a rapid PCR test four hours prior to flight departure.
All passengers must undergo a PCR test on arrival at Dubai Airport.
Passengers should undergo institutional quarantine until they receive their PCR test result, which is expected within 24 hours.
Passengers should produce a negative PCR test certificate with a QR Code from labs approved by the Nigerian government.
All passengers must undergo a PCR test on arrival to Dubai Airport. Transit passengers should comply with entry protocols of final destinations.
Entry will now be permitted to residents who have received two doses of UAE-approved vaccines, the state said.
The revised procedures for travellers coming from the Republic of India, South Africa and Nigeria were issued by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai.
They are effective from 23 June, the Dubai Media Office said.
It said the updates are part of the Committee’s keenness to protect passengers and ease hassles for them without compromising on COVID-19 preventive measures, said the Chairman of the Supreme Committee, Sheikh Mansoor Al-Maktoum.
“The Media Office announcement said the updated travel protocols are part of a normal process of revising and optimising preventive measures based on the latest local, regional and international developments.