Nigerian government relaxes COVID-19 protocols

Following the reduction in Covid-19 cases, the Federal Government has relaxed travel protocols for air passengers and other stakeholders.

The Minister of Aviation Sen. Hadi Sirika, in a tweet on Monday announced the latest development.

According Hadi, “Glad to announce that Government has abolished Permission to travel QR code. Use of face masks is now discretionary and travel PCR tests are suspended. Aviation will boom once again.”

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in a letter dated 12th December 2022 gave comprehensive details of the revised travel protocol.

The letter, which was signed by the Director-General of NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu was addressed to all aviation service providers.

The letter is titled: “Revised COVID-19 Public Health Guidelines for all Aviation Service Providers (Domestic and International Operations).”

The letter reads: “The prevalence of COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria and most parts of the world has remained at a low level for a sustained period.

“The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC) has therefore revised the COVID-19/ Public Health guidelines.

For domestic operations, it stated: “The wearing of facemasks inside airport terminal buildings and onboard aircraft by airport workers, passengers, and crew members is no longer mandatory.

“Wearing facemasks by passengers onboard aircraft or inside airport terminal buildings is discretionary but recommended.

“Persons aged 60 years and above, immunocompromised (e g. due to organ transplant, cancer, etc), those with co-morbidities (eg. heart disease, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, etc), are advised to use facemasks, wash their hands with water and soap, use hand alcohol-based sanitizers, and avoid large gatherings.”

“Disinfection of bags at the entrance of terminal buildings is no longer required.