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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.

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Resumption of international passenger flights is yet to be announced.

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.

UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) are resuming services in Nigeria from July 28th.

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

You can get a replacement visa to the UK for your expired or about to be expired 30day visa for FREE!

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.

You can apply for this replacement visa by email to the British High Commission.

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.

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Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport 1 hour 30 minutes before their flights.

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.

Evacuees in countries without a Nigerian Embassy or Consulate are to reach out to the ones closest to them.

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.


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Ann Esievoadje is a freelance writer who is passionate about encouraging a reading culture and personal development. She has authored two books, The Quilt (fiction) and Being Mummy and Me (non-fiction). She manages Pulchra Publishing which offers a content creation/editing, transcription, different forms of writing (including Ghostwriting) service and her blog, Life Love and Anything Goes at You can reach her at

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