The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has issued a travel advisory to United Arab Emirates (UAE)-bound passengers, in view of the new measures put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Public Relations Officer of NIS, Sunday James, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said that the passengers were expected to be in possession of confirmed return ticket and confirmed hotel reservation for the duration of their stay in UAE.
He said that the passengers were also expected to show the address of their residence in the UAE or the address of relatives with whom they would stay while in the country.
“The passengers are also expected to show a negative Polymerise Chain Reaction (PCR) test, taken within 96 hours before departure.”
The other requirements include a valid health insurance, covering the duration of stay, and copies of trade licences in UAE and Nigeria, if applicable.
“The above requirements are, however, not applicable to official visits, except the PCR test taken within 96 hours before departure,” James said.
The NIS spokesman advised UAE-bound passengers to comply with the advisory so as to avoid the denial of their departure from Nigeria or their repatriation from UAE.
Regent Times reports that PCR, an antibody testing facility, is the dominant procedure which global healthcare systems are now using to test persons for COVID-19.