Worldwide airways have refused to permit Nigerians to board their plane as a result of lack of QR code codes for direct flight passengers in Nigeria. This motion has left some Nigerians stranded in Dubai and different overseas nations, because the Nigerian Middle for Illness Management (NCDC) has despatched the code for the fee of the take a look at.
Passengers coming to Nigeria have been ordered to be examined within the nation of departure earlier than boarding a airplane certain for Nigeria. Passengers may even should pay for the exams – to be finished in Nigeria – earlier than leaving their host nation and receiving a QR code to board the flight.
Airways have been instructed to elevate passengers with adverse COVID-19 take a look at outcomes. Failure to take action will appeal to sanctions from the Nigerian authorities. This has led to airways leaving Nigerians in Dubai.
Nigerians Additionally Denied Flight Regardless of Fee:
Nonetheless, as a result of failure of the NCDC system, Nigerians who’ve been subjected to the required procedures and paid for the exams in Nigeria are denied the return flight to Nigeria. Nigerians who’ve paid for his or her take a look at in Nigeria haven’t been in a position to obtain a QR code which is obligatory to board flights certain for Nigeria.
The NCDC Worldwide Journey Portal will not be efficient because the system doesn’t provide payers the QR code regardless of fee. Airways don’t elevate Nigerians regardless of proof of fee. There have been a number of complaints concerning the portal – whereas some might not be capable of entry the web page, those that are unable to entry the web page might not obtain their barcode.
In keeping with an agricultural skilled, who goes by the identify of Naija Farmer on Twitter – one of many injured passengers – mentioned: “@hadisirika I paid for the COVID-19 take a look at on the fee portal. Virtually 24 hours in the past there isn’t any a QR Bar code. my flight is in just a few hours.
“Nigerians are blocked in Dubai bcs of this. The system has not despatched QR code. Please do one thing about it. Nigerians usually are not animals, please. Airways go away them behind No barcode with out boarding afterwards have proven fee affirmation.Individuals are drained and the chance of contracting this virus is excessive for them.
NCDC DG Responds to Challenges:
Whereas addressing the challenges confronted by passengers in search of to board direct plane in Nigeria, NCDC Director Common Chikwe Ihekweazu mentioned the federal government is engaged on the difficulty with the portal. Nonetheless, he didn’t give a timetable for the decision.
“Our deepest apologies to all those that have had challenges with the platform for vacationers. Now we have labored in lots of ministries and businesses, with banks and laboratories, in federal and state governments to make this technique obtainable to everybody. We’ll talk quickly.” Chikwe tweeted.
Sanctions That Airways Attempt to Keep away from:
Airways that choose up passengers who don’t adjust to the NCDC process or flight necessities danger a $ 3,500 fantastic per passenger. As well as, non-Nigerians boarding any flight in Nigeria will likely be refused entry and return to the purpose of embarkation at a price to the airways.
In the meantime, Nigerians embarking on flights with out the next procedures will likely be allowed to enter, however topic to a compulsory quarantine of 8-14 days (in line with the outcomes of the COVID-19 PCR take a look at performed by day 7 of arrival) at a government-approved facility and at a price to the passenger (s).