The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said Monday that it had lifted its ban on scheduled flights from Nigeria, which had been in place for seven months.

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The National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority, or NECMA, confirmed that the ban will be lifted tomorrow in a statement.

Following a diplomatic spat over COVID-19 regulations, the UAE government implemented the restriction on February 4.

Nigeria, as well as ten other countries, were impacted.

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Uganda, Vietnam, South Africa, Afghanistan, Indonesia, and Bangladesh are the countries involved.

Passengers going for the UAE would be authorized to travel through the targeted countries’ airports if they had negative PCR testing taken 72 hours prior.

“Travel for transit passengers from all countries where transit passengers have been suspended will be resumed in advance if the passenger’s last destination is accepted with a laboratory check-up within 72 hours of departure, and state airports will allocate special lounges for transit passengers,” according to the statement.

“Emergencies and civil aviation announce the August 5th exclusion of new categories of passengers from several of the blacklisted countries, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria, and Uganda.


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