The United Arab Emirates (UAE) started issuing visa to Nigerians from Thursday while Emirates Airlines, would start flight operations to the country commencing Friday.
Senator Hadi Sirika who is the minister of Aviation, indicated yesterday while expressing the readiness of the UAE to begin the issuance of visas to Nigerians to enable them access to the UAE, which was the ‘Condition Precedent’ by the Federal Government of Nigeria to Emirates Airline before it would resume flights to the country.
Sirika wrote on twitter, “UAE confirmed that they will begin the issuance of visas from October 8, 2020.”
“Travelers will have a return ticket, hotel booking, negative PCR result and a health insurance (similar to Schengen requirement). Health insurance can be paid through travel agents/airline.” Added Sirika,
Resuming of Emirates flights into the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja came after months of dormancy following temporary suspension on March 21, 2020 owing to Covid-19.
More likely, European airlines, such as Air France, Lufthansa, and KLM, are also expected to resume flights in the near future.
On September 18, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 sub-committee met with European Union ambassadors to discuss Lufthansa, Air France/KLM ban, and Sirika said: “The meeting progressed well.”
The disapproval of the Nigerian Government to allow flights from EU countries was in response to the application of the ‘Principle of Reciprocity’, and this affected the operations of Lufthansa, Air France, and KLM.