The United Arab Emirates (UAE), a major international travel hub, has announced that it will lift a ban on transit flights from Nigeria, India and Pakistan on Thursday, August 5.
The National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) made the announcement in a post via its Twitter handle on Tuesday, August 3.
NCEMA explained that passengers travelling from countries where flights had been banned would be able to transit through its airports from Thursday as long as they present a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to departure.
This medium gathered that Pakistan and India are important markets for Emirates, Etihad Airways and other UAE carriers flydubai and Air Arabia.
Recall that UAE had banned passengers from many South Asian and African states from travelling through its airports this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Final destination approval would also have to be provided, the authority said, adding that UAE departure airports would arrange separate lounges for transiting passengers.
Techeconomy.ng previously reported that the federal government had announced that flights to the United Arab Emirates would soon resume based on discriminatory nature of protocol introduced by the UAE.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on Monday, June 28, during the briefing by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 in Abuja.
Sirika noted that the protocol appeared to be targeted at only Nigerians, adding that it was discriminatory and not backed up scientifically.
According to him, the UAE was insistent that all passengers intending to visit its country must use Emirates Airline or spend two weeks in the alternative carrier’s country before gaining entrance to Dubai.