NCAA directs airlines to board passengers without Yellow Card

Passengers boarding Arik Air

Airlines operating regional and international flights into Nigeria can board passengers without International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP), known as Yellow card, as the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has directed.

The organization noted that this directive supersedes the February 10, 2020 directive it had issued on Yellow Card.   

Mr. Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Affairs, NCAA, disclosed to PortNews in Lagos, saying that passengers upon arrival in Nigeria would be vaccinated accordingly at Points of Entry and the process for obtaining the e-yellow card will be initiated.

‘’This policy shift,’’ according to Adurogboye, ‘’followed a letter received from the Federal Ministry of Health dated 11th March, 2020 reviewing the implementation of the operationalisation of Nigeria Points of Entry policy on the prevention and control of cross border transmission of Yellow fever.

‘’The review of the policy arose from the competing priority of the ongoing entry screening of our Points of Entry by the Port Health Services for COVID-19. Hence, entry screening of passengers due to the COVID-19 outbreak will be prioritized by the Port Health Services until the outbreak has been effectively contained.’’

Also under the new directive, all airlines would request passengers departing Nigeria to provide a valid Yellow card before boarding and communicate the policy to their passengers accordingly.

Adurogboye noted that the policy review was with effect from 11th March, 2020, calling on all airlines to adhere strictly with the directive.

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