The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has removed the restriction placed on Nigerian flights following the appearance of the Omicron COVID-19 version.
The embargo was issued on December 8, 2021, thereby halting all Umrah preparations by Nigerian Hajj and Umrah companies.
The limitations were lifted on Saturday, with the Kingdom also waiving several COVID-19 restrictions, paving the way for the 2022 Hajj.
The Kingdom also removed the suspension of direct flights and arrivals from 17 other countries, according to a notice seen on the Saudi Gazette Twitter feed.
South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, Mauritius, Zambia, Madagascar, Angola, Seychelles, and the United Republic of Congo are among the nations involved.
In a circular sent to all Saudi airlines on December 8, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) announced the suspension of flights to Nigeria.
The GACA stated in the circular titled “Suspension of Flights Coming from and to the Federal Republic of Nigeria” that it is “suspending all incoming flights and suspending entry to the Kingdom for non-nationals coming directly or indirectly from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, except for those who have spent no less than 14 days in another country from which they are allowed to come.”
Following the suspension, Azman Air, Nigeria’s sole airline serving Saudi Arabia, halted all Umrah preparations.