The airline operators at the Dubai International Airport have prevented Nigerians from boarding flights to the country without paying the sum of 500 dirhams for a repeat COVID-19 test.
According to reports, the operators stated that they were acting on instructions from Nigeria.
Many Nigerians, who made attempts to board their return flights said that the airline operators demand that they pay N50,964 for a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction test on instruction from Nigeria.
One source said;
“They are asking those who intend to board to pay 500 dirhams (N52,219 according to currency converter) before they can be allowed to get into the aircraft,” the source said.
“In some parts of the UAE, the tests are free, in other parts it is the equivalent of N25,000.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority had said in the travel memo that passengers are requested to present a negative PCR test before boarding.
The travel advice said;
“As part of efforts to resolve payment challenges, as an interim measure, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority has notified all international passengers to Nigeria can board if they have a valid COVID-19 negative PCR result.
“Passengers who are unable to complete online payment for the COVID-19 repeat test required, will pay on arrival in Nigeria,”
In a video seen by SaharaReporters, however, several people could be heard begging to check-in.