Nigeria to Reopen Airports for International Flights From 29 August

Nigeria will reopen its airports for international flights from Aug. 29, its aviation minister said on Monday.

The airports have been closed since March 23 to all but essential international flights as part of the country’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika said four flights would begin landing daily in Lagos, and four in Abuja, with strict protocols. He did not say where they would be coming from.

“It is safe to fly, if we observe all those protocols in place,” Sirika said at a briefing in Abuja.

Africa’s most populous nation, which recorded its first confirmed coronavirus case in late February, now has 49,068 confirmed cases and 975 deaths.

It resumed domestic flights on July 8 and Sirika said there had been no confirmed virus transmissions on flights.

Passengers on international flights will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test in order to board and pay for another test after they arrive in Nigeria, Sirika said. They will also be required to fill in an online health questionnaire and present it to authorities when they land.

Those currently returning to Nigeria aboard repatriation flights are required to self-quarantine for 14 days, and authorities retain passports for that period. Sirika said on Monday they could “gradually” stop keeping passengers’ passports.

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Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Extends Ban on International Flights Until October

Lynn Mackenzie, J.D., LLM
Courtesy of Chinedu Eze

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has provided notification that it will extend the closure of international air space until October 15th, 2020.
This announcement implies that only essential and diplomatic flights would be allowed to remain in place until the airspace is reopened for international flight operations.

According to the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued by NCAA, “The federal government of Nigeria has extended the closure of our airports to all international flights with the exception of aircraft in a state of emergency”.
However, flights related to humanitarian aids, medical relief flights, alternative aerodrome in the flight plan and also those being used for extended diversion time operation, technical landing where passengers do not disembark and cargo flights and other safety related operations, may be approved by request.

All requests are to be made and addressed to the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.

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New Nigerian e-Yellow Fever Vaccination Card

All travelers are required to present proof of their Yellow Fever vaccination certificate at their port of entry into Nigeria. The Yellow Fever card is an important document which is given to a person after getting a vaccine against Yellow Fever. Following the declaration by the Federal Government in Nigeria that the old Yellow Fever card would no longer be acceptable from July 1, 2019, the government of Nigeria introduced a new electronic Yellow Fever card (the “E-Yellow Card”). The E-Yellow Card is issued by the Ministry of Health Vaccination Centre.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends vaccination against yellow fever for all international travellers nine months of age and older, before they come to Nigeria, as there is evidence of persistent or periodic yellow fever virus transmission here in Nigeria. The WHO has established additional measures at ports of entry for the prevention and control of Yellow Fever, which includes presentation of evidence of vaccination against Yellow Fever on arrival in Nigeria.

Expatriates that reside in Nigeria for work purposes will be required to obtain the Yellow Fever vaccination card by swapping the Yellow Fever card obtained in their country with the e-Yellow Card. The documents required for the swap are as follows:

  1. Original international passport
  2. Yellow fever card
  3. Payment receipt

It is important to note that the expatriate must have received the yellow fever and polio vaccination before the card can be swapped. In the event the expatriate has not received
the polio vaccination, he will be required to receive the vaccination before the card can be issued.

Furthermore, travellers arriving Nigeria without proof of Yellow Fever vaccination would be vaccinated with the yellow fever vaccine at the points of entry and issued the e-Yellow Card, after payment of the relevant fees.

This information is courtesy of Bloomfield Law Practice, which is able to procure the new e-Yellow Card on behalf of expatriates who are already in country and only require their cards to be swapped. Those interested can contact Bloomfield via or +234 1454 2130.


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