Airport Protocols You Should Know During this Pandemic

Since the lockdown, we have kept you abreast with all the major happenings in the tourism industry. But just in case we missed a few, we have compiled some random facts about travelling during this global pandemic.

According to some news agencies, it was said that NCAA extended the closure of Nigeria’s international airspace till October 15th. But the minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, clarified that the notice given by NCAA was a routine 90 day notice to airmen (NOTAM). He implied that the airspace might be open before October.

You must have an appointment to visit a VAC, however. They will not allow you in without one.

The British High Commission released a statement last week stating that if an individual’s 30-day visa to travel to the UK for work-study or to join their family members has expired or is about to expire, they can request for a replacement visa with revised validity dates for free. This new visa will be valid for 90 days.

When applying, include your name, nationality, date of birth and your GWF reference number. The subject of the email should be, ‘REPLACEMENT 30 DAY VISA’. They will contact you when the VACs open to making arrangements for the replacement visa to be endorsed on your passport. This process will be in place until the end of 2020.

It’s no longer 3-hours arrival for a domestic flight. Don’t forget to check-in online.

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja now has dogs and robots to assist with processing passengers.

The dogs at the entrance of the departure hall may sniff your bags before the airport staff decontaminate it. During the test run before domestic flights commenced, there were robots at the airport to assist with profiling of passengers.

Arrangements for evacuation flights can be made there. Remember, evacuees will pay for the trip by paying airline fares directly to the airlines. They also need to get proof of testing negative to coronavirus before being repatriated back home.

Though the international airspace is closed, there have been international flights in and out of the country.

Albeit under certain circumstances. Since the international airspace closed in March, only diplomatic and evacuation/repatriation flights and essential services may fly internationally from and into Nigeria.