LAGOS — The federal government has said airlines from Canada, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia are banned from coming into Nigeria from Tuesday, December 14.
The minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on Sunday in Lagos.
According to him, the move was to reciprocate the travel ban placed on Nigeria over the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron.
He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration would also place the United Kingdom, Canada, and Saudi Arabia on a red list over the outbreak and spread of the Omicron variant.
“There is also the case of Saudi Arabia that put Nigeria on the ban list. On Sunday, I participated in a meeting with the COVID-19 task force.
“We have given our input that it is not acceptable by us, and we recommended that those Canada, the UK, Saudi Arabia, and Argentina also be put on the red list.
“As they did to us if they do not allow our citizens into their countries; who are they coming, as airlines, to pick from our country?
“They are not supposed to come in. I am very sure in the next three days; Monday or Tuesday, all those countries will be put on the red list of COVID-19,” he said.
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