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Airlines risk $3,500 fine if passengers without COVID-19 test result are airlifted

NEWSMAN, Abuja – As Nigeria prepares to resume operations of international flights, Federal government have announced that Airlines who airlift passengers without negative COVID-19 test results would be fined $3,500, approximately 1.3Million Naira.

The Coordinator, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sanni Aliyu, said this at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on in Abuja.

Speaking on the new protocols that would start from Aug. 29, the coordinator said it was expected that passengers coming into the country must present a PCR COVID-19 test result that was within seven days.

Aliyu also said that when a passenger arrived Nigeria and present a PCR negative result, the passenger was expected to self-isolate for seven days and submit his or her COVID-19 test before reuniting with the community.

On the concerns over cases of passengers coming into the country with a negative COVID-19 test result and testing positive in Nigeria, he said that PTF was studying the situation and would take a decision when the need arose, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.

Aliyu said that health workers would monitor passengers on self-isolation and if any passenger failed to present themselves for testing after seven days, the immigration would assist and proper sanctions would be meted out on the passenger.

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had said the country would ban flights from countries that have placed bans on flights from Nigeria when the international flights resume.

Sirika said that meetings have already been communicated with the international carriers where these decisions had been revealed to them.

The minister, while speaking on preparation so far, said, “We are almost there. Just a few things to be done but we will be ready in the coming days. By Monday, we will have a comprehensive details for the resumption.

About 1,280 passengers will be allowed in on a daily basis in Abuja and Lagos airports, which have been billed to start first when the international flights resume.” 

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