Nigeria reopened its borders for international flights on August 29, 2020.
According to Sirika, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja will be the first to be reopened.
Updated: The reopening was delayed until September 5, but Nigeria is now reopen for tourism.
All entry requirements and rules are posted below ↓
Nigeria’s airports shut down at the end of March to all non-essential international flights as the country battled the COVID-19 pandemic.
Glad to announce the resumption of international flights from the 29th of August, 2020. Beginning with Lagos and Abuja as we did with the domestic flight resumption. Protocols and procedures will be announced in due course. We thank you for your patience.🙏🏽🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬🙏🏽— Hadi Sirika (@hadisirika) August 17, 2020
At a briefing in Abuja, Sirika announced that four flights would begin landing daily in Abuja and four in Lagos.
Earlier today, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria top officials were seen at the Murtala Muhammed International airport Lagos inspecting the COVID-19 preparedness for the reopening according to Nigerian Flight Deck.
The Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika who made the announcement at Monday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, said Nigeria’s international airports have “reached advanced stages of preparedness for the resumption of international flights”.
Home to some 200 million people, Africa’s most populous country has registered 49,068 confirmed coronavirus cases and 975 related deaths. Some 36,500 people have recovered so far.
“Protocols and procedures will be announced in due course. We thank you for your patience,” concluded Sirika in his Twitter Post.
Update September 7: The entry protocols have now been announced, and we have updated the information below.
Countries Allowed To Travel To Nigeria
All countries can once again enter Nigeria under normal visa rules.
COVID-19 Testing and Quarantines
1st Test– All travellers to Nigeria must have tested NEGATIVE for COVID-19 by PCR test in the country of departure. The PCR test MUST be performed within 4 days of departure on the last direct flight into Nigeria.
2nd Test– All travellers will be tested a second time, after they have been in Nigeria for 7 days.
All arriving passengers will isolate/quarantine upon arrival in Nigeria until taking their 2nd PCR test on day 7 after arriving into the country. Upon testing negative, travelers can leave quarantine on day 8.
Nigeria International Travel Portal
Before departing, all travelers entering Nigeria will have to visit the Nigeria International Travel Portal online.
On this government site, they will do three things:
1– Fill out an online health declaration card
2– Upload the proof of their negative PCR test
3– Pay in advance for their 2nd test, which will be administered on day 7 of quarantine after arriving in Nigeria
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Disclaimer: Nigeria’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.
Article originally published August 17, 2020 with updates