COVID-19: Why passengers must carry out test – NCDC



By Anayo Ezugwu

THE Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has insisted that international travellers must undergo a mandatory COVID-19 PCR test at least 96 hours before travelling to Nigeria. It said passengers facing challenges in accessing Nigeria International Travel Portal, NITP, for payment and generating QR code, would be required to pay for their repeat test on arrival in Nigeria.

In a statement made available to Realnews, the NCDC apologized for the difficulties in accessing the portal and assured international travellers that it’s working to address the difficulties. “We are aware of the challenges that many travellers have been experiencing with the travel Portal, including difficulties making payment and generation of a QR code.

“We are working with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, PTF-COVID-19, the Coalition Against COVID-19, CACOVID, and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that these issues are promptly resolved. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate a safe and seamless travel to and from Nigeria.

“In the interim, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has notified all airlines that passengers to Nigeria, who are unable to pay for the repeat test online, should be allowed to board the aircraft if they have a valid COVID-19 PCR Negative Test. These passengers will be required to pay for their repeat test on arrival in Nigeria.

“It is mandatory for intending travellers to carry out a COVID-19 PCR test at least 96 hours before travel to Nigeria. The result should be updated on the portal ( as soon as this is received. It is advised that this is done before proceeding to the airport for departure.

Nigeria resumed international flights on September 5 and the recent update comes as the NCAA announced that the maximum number of passengers of each incoming international flight must be 200 passengers. However, there will be no limit on the number of outgoing passengers.

– Sept. 10, 2020 @ 16:05 GMT |

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