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International flights: FG to ban travellers six months for non-compliance

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With the planned resumption of international flights barely days away , the Federal Government says passengers who fail to comply with the Covid- 19 protocol put in place to allow the safe reopening of Nigeria ’s airspace for international travels will be suspended from travelling for six months .
The country ’s airspace and airports were shut to flight operations in March to curb the spread of the lethal coronavirus disease which as of Monday has killed over 1 ,000 people in Nigeria .
The FG subsequently okayed the restart of domestic flights from July 8 adding that effective September 5 , the Murtala Muhammed International Airport , Lagos , and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport , Abuja , would be reopened for international flights .
Giving an update during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 in Abuja on Monday , PTF National Coordinator , Sani Aliyu, said there would be sanctions for non -compliance with the guidelines on the part of the airlines and the passengers .
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Aliyu said , “ There will definitely be sanctions if they do not comply . Sanctions to the airlines if they allow passengers without a Covid-19 PCR result to board , they will be sanctioned on arrival in Nigeria . That is the airline . For passengers that decline to do the test , at Day 7 , we will still allow them after Day 14 to have a test done after which their details will be forwarded to Port Health, Immigration , and part of the security service.It is very likely we will put in place measures to enforce this by suspending travel up to six months or denied foreign travel altogether .
“ But beyond the sanctions , because as responsible citizens, we all want our country to continue to be Covid- 19 – free once we get on top of the pandemic , so, we expect the vast number of travellers to continue to comply with these simple , straightforward measures we are putting in place for the benefit of our country and for the health of our citizens.

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