Nigeria To Deny Entry To Nationals Of Countries That Bar Nigerians Amid #COVID19 — Aviation Minister

by on August 23, 2020

Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, recently said the country will blocks flights from countries that do not allow Nigerian flights to land due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“The principle of reciprocity will be applied. If you ban us from coming to your country, the same will apply the other way,” Sirika told reporters.

A spokesman for the minister said Sirika was referring to landing rights for aircraft, and not the nationals of the countries.

The director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority said that authorities were still drafting the list, but added that the European Union was among those barring Nigerians.

Nigeria earlier last week announced plans to resume international flights on Aug. 29.

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It would be recalled that all but essential international flights were halted in late March in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus.

The resumption will begin with four flights daily coming in to both Lagos and Abuja, but Sirika said that initially the number of passengers would be limited to 1,280 a day.

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