According to a statement released Monday by the Ministry of Aviation Hadi Sirika, flights will resume August 29 from Lagos, the west African nation’s commercial hub, and Abuja, its capital city, with strict protocols.
He did not say where they would be coming from. Travel within other cities will follow at a later date, the ministry said.
“It is safe to fly, if we observe all those protocols in place,” Sirika said at a briefing in Abuja
Nigeria’s airports have been shut down since March 23 to all but essential international flights as part of the country’s efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
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,They are also required to self-quarantine for 14 days and authorities retain passports for that period
Nigeria is not the first African country to open international flights. Other countries like Tanzania and Senegal have opened their airports for travel as well.
Nigeria currently has more than 49,485 confirmed cases of the virus, according to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control.Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.