Confusion as UAE bans Nigerian flights again
The United Arab Emirates, UAE, has again announced indefinite suspension of flights from Nigeria to Dubai.
This is coming barely 48 hours after the UAE announced that it has finally lifted the ban on travels between Dubai and Nigeria.
Dubai had placed a ban on travelers from Nigeria, South Africa based on breach of Covid-19 protocols.
UAE in a message from the Dubai Media Office announced that passengers from Nigeria are expected to provide a negative result for a PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure or resumption of flights to Nigeria, Emirates.
Announcing the initial lift of ban on Nigerian flights, the UAE authorities has initially fixed Wednesday, June 23, 2021, for resumption of flights to Nigeria.
However, in a statement on its website on Monday, the airline said the UAE made a U-turn with a new travel update indicating that Lagos and Abuja flights would no longer resume on Wednesday as earlier announced.
“In line with government directives, passenger flights to and from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) are suspended with effect from 21 June 2021 until further notice.
“Customers travelling to and from Lagos and Abuja will not be accepted for travel. Customers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days are not permitted to board from any other point to the UAE.
“We regret the inconvenience caused, and affected customers should contact their booking agent or Emirates call centre for rebooking.
“Emirates remains committed to Nigeria, and we look forward to resuming passenger services when conditions allow,” the statement said.