Nigeria and 11 other African nations have had their travel restrictions lifted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The removed restriction on Nigeria and other nations will also take effect on Saturday, January 29th, according to UAE officials.
Flights from Nigeria, Botswana, Congo Republic, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe can resume, according to the authorities.
The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) of the United Arab Emirates stated it was suspending a prohibition imposed as part of steps to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron strain.
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In December, the nation also imposed a travel ban on passenger aircraft from Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia.
The regulation, which took effect on December 25, was issued by NCEMA and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in response to worries about the spread of the omicron COVID-19 strain.
“The excluded categories must produce a negative COVID-19 test acquired within 48 hours of departure and a Rapid-PCR test at the airport within six hours of departure if feasible, as well as another PCR test at the airport upon arrival to the UAE,” the UAE agency stated in December.
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It did, however, also notify that the entrance procedures for planes departing from Ghana, Rwanda, and Uganda had updated.
NCEMA and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) also said the directive, which took effect December 25, was due to concerns related to the spread of the omicron COVID-19 variant.