It is unclear when Emirates’ flights to Nigeria will resume, as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag carrier has extended the suspension until September 5.
The extension of flight cessation comes despite the decision by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to open its borders to foreign tourists who have been fully vaccinated.
After a diplomatic spat caused by COVID-19 protocols, flights between the two countries have been halted since March.
The efforts to reinstate the flights have not yielded any results since both countries are unable to come to an agreement on the procedure for inbound passengers.
Emirates suspended Nigerian flights before it suspended flights to Nigeria due to the Federal Government’s introduction of rapid antigen testing for Nigerian passengers, in addition to negatively testing all passengers under the previous Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19.
The UAE suspended all flights to and from Nigeria in the last five months as a result.
The Dubai News Agency WAM reported on Saturday that from Monday August 30, fully vaccinated tourists would be allowed into the country.
The application stated that applicants must have taken all doses of the COVID-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“This decision applies to countries from which entry was previously prohibited, since people must undergo a rapid PCR test at the airport to enter. For non-vaccinated groups, previous requirements remain in effect.
The state media reported that travelers can use the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship’s platform and the Al Hosn application to register vaccination certificates to enjoy the same advantages as those who received the vaccine in the country.
However, the coast is not yet clear for the resumption of flights between Nigeria and the UAE.
Emirates said it will suspend flights to and from Nigeria until September 5, 2021, in a statement on its website.
Airlines have cancelled bookings of airline passengers who have been to or connected through Nigeria during the past 14 days.