Published On: Tue, Sep 15th, 2020

COVID-19 Test: PTF Imposes 6 Months Travel Ban On Passengers

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News Investigators/ The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has placed a six-month travel ban on Nigerian passengers, who arrived in the country and dodged the mandatory second COVID-19 test.

The PTF Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, while speaking at the daily briefing on COVID-19, also revealed that foreigners, who failed to carry out the second COVID-19 test, would have their visas revoked while leaving the country.

The coordinator also stated that over 9,000 passengers had registered with the new hub, while over 5,000 had actually made payments through the hub, which was an indication that the hub was working effectively.

He also explained that young children and those with diplomatic passports would be excluded from the COVID-19 test.

This is even as the PTF revealed that all government operated airports in the country were now open for operations.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, while speaking at the briefing, explained that other private operated airports were to reopen after meeting the required measures against COVID-19 and clearance from Nigeria Civil Aviation Agency, NCAA.

Mr. Sirika also stated that talks were ongoing to reopen Nigerian airspace to some of the banned airlines and countries.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the minister had stated that the principle of reciprocity would be applied to countries which banned flights from Nigeria.

Some of the countries which have already banned flights from Nigeria are in the European Union (EU) as the EU included Nigeria on the banned countries on the first of July, 2020 when they opened their airspace.

Also, Air France, Lufthansa, Ethihad Airlines, Air Rwanda, Air Namibia are all among airlines banned from coming into the country.

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