Nigerians have allegedly been asked to pay a fine of N356,000 if they fail to pay an estimated N50,000 when they arrive into the country for a repeat COVID-19 test.
NaijaNews understands that the directive given to airline operators in the UAE by the Nigerian government.
Affected passengers were told by the airline that they were only acting based on instructions given to them.
One of the airlines, Rwandair, said they had been directed by the Nigerian government airline to ensure that intending passengers to Nigeria have $160 or N53,000 cash to cover the cost of COVID-19 repeat test to be conducted on their arrival to Nigeria.
The airline nursed fear that they may be asked to pay fine if they return to Nigeria without having the money at hand.
“If you do not carry $160 or N53,000 in your pocket when you arrive at Lagos, the passenger will be asked to pay 3,400 dirhams (N356,889).”
“It is not a directive from the airline. I think you should communicate with your embassy in Dubai,” a Rwandair staff.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control directed newsmen to its FAQ web page on the COVID-19 repeat test directive.
“My airline insists on a QR code before boarding, but I haven’t received one since making payment. What should I do?” One of the questions reads.
The answer is: “As a temporary measure, any passenger that is unable to complete the payment online will be allowed to board the flight if they have a valid COVID-19 negative PCR result. The passenger will be required to pay for the repeat COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Nigeria. Please note that passengers without a QR code may face longer delays on arrival in Nigeria before exiting the airport.”