Air Travels: Government reverses directives on Yellow Card, boarding

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government of Nigeria has reversed the earlier directive by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) that any air traveller without valid Yellow Card should not be allowed to board flight at any Nigerian international airport.

The government, Thursday, March 12, issued a fresh directive to all airlines operating regional and international flights into Nigeria to allow passengers without International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP), known as Yellow cardboard henceforth.

Affirming the new order, report says Mr. Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Affairs of NCAA, said the new directive superseded the earlier one on obligatory possession of Yellow Card.

“However, passengers are advised that they will be vaccinated accordingly at Points of Entry and the process for obtaining the e-yellow card will be initiated”, according to Vanguard report.

It is recalled that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority Wednesday had said passengers without valid Yellow card would no longer be allowed to board flights at Nigerian international airports.

This, according to NCAA, is in line with the directive by the Federal Ministry of Health, which has directed airlines operating international and regional flights to commence the full implementation of the use of the Yellow Card as a requirement for travel.

Dr. Wilfred Haggai, General Manager, Aeromedical Standards, on behalf of the Director-General of NCAA, in a letter to the affected airlines had explained “that this is coming on the heels of the review of the operationalisation of Nigeria point of entry policy on the prevention and control of cross border transmission of yellow fever.”

According to the letter, “the review of the policy has arisen because of the compelling priority of the ongoing entry screening at points of entry by Port Health Services for COVID-19.”

“The entry screening of passengers due to COVID-19 outbreak will be prioritised by the port health services until the outbreak has been effectively contained.

In view of the latest directive, it was learnt that “the NCAA has therefore called on all airlines to communicate the policy to their passengers.

“The policy review, took effect 11th March, 2020.

“All passengers coming to Nigeria who do not have a yellow card are to be allowed to board.

When they arrive Nigeria the Port Health Services will determine whether they require vaccination for Yellow fever or not,” the letter said.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, was reported to have commenced the enforcement of the yellow card directive, as passengers without the card were turned back at the immigration counter in the week.

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