In an updated travel protocol posted on the website of the Emirates Airline, it was made known that the suspension of flights from Nigeria to UAE has been extended, (from February 28th to 10th March).
The update stated;
“In line with government directives, passenger services from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) to Dubai are temporarily suspended until 10 March 2021.
Customers from both Abuja and Lagos will not be accepted for travel prior to or including this date. Passengers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days are not allowed entry into the UAE (whether terminating in or connecting through Dubai).
Emirates flights from Dubai to Lagos and Abuja will continue to operate as per the normal schedule.
We regret the inconvenience caused, and affected customers should contact their booking agent or Emirates call centre for rebooking.
Emirates remains committed to Nigeria, and we look forward to resuming passenger services to Dubai for our customers when conditions allow.”
Recall that Emirates Airline suspended its flights a few days after it was sanctioned by the Nigerian Government for introducing rapid antigen test as a requirement for travelling to Dubai. The Rapid Antigen Tests (RDT) were allegedly conducted by laboratories that are neither approved nor authorized by the appropriate regulatory, which went against the Nigerian negative PCR requirements
As a result, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had banned Emirates Airlines’ operations in Nigeria for violating COVID-19 protocols on the 4th of February, 2021.
The ban was however lifted by the NCAA after the antigen test was withdrawn by Emirates the following day, but Emirates suspended all flights from Nigeria, allowing only flights from Dubai to Nigeria.