Despite calls for the stoppage of all incoming flights from the United Kingdom in the wake of a new variant of the COVID-19 virus, the Nigerian government is still reluctant to ban flights from the British kingdom.
Instead, the government announced new travel rules for passengers coming in from South Africa and the United Kingdom.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, who announced the rules during a media briefing on Thursday said “effective from Monday, December 28th, all passengers coming into the country from the UK and South Africa on direct flights, must use the Nigerian International Travel Portal to register, fill in the health questionnaire and must upload a negative COVID-19 PCR result with a validity of not more than five days and must pay for a COVID PCR test at day seven of arrival in country without which they will not be allowed to board the flights”.
He noted that a special register would be open at the airports for passengers from these two countries specifically to track and ensure they present for COVID test on day seven.
The UK and South Africa are countries where the new variant of the virus is currently causing panic and concern.
Following warnings from the UK government that the new variant of the virus seemed to be spreading much faster than previous kinds, more than 40 countries have banned travel arrivals from the UK.
India, Pakistan, Russia, Jordan and Hong Kong joined European countries in suspending travel from Britain.
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman also closed their borders completely.
France also shut its border with the UK for 48 hours.