The Federal Government has approved another evacuation flight for stranded Nigerians in the United States.
This will be the fourth time the Nigerian government is evacuating its citizens stranded in the US as a result the COVID-19 pandemic.
The flight is scheduled to depart Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 by 21:15hrs and arrive Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV), ABUJA on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 by 13:25hrs.
This was disclosed in a statement by Consulate General of Nigeria, New York, shared via twitter by Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Friday.
The statement said, “All prospective evacuees duly registered with any of the three Nigerian Missions in the USA should purchase their one-way tickets through www.ethiopianairlines.com at the cost of USD 1,250.00 for Economy class and USD2,800.00 for Business Class for adult/child fare, including all taxes, with the usual percentage reduction for infants under 2yrs.
“All prospective evacuees who purchased tickets, should forward a copy of their evacuation ticket, as well as the name, phone number and contact address of their Next of Kin in Nigeria to firstname.lastname@example.org, which will be done on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.”
It added that prospective evacuees must adhere strictly to safety guidelines and precautions put in place by the Nigerian Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to be considered for evacuation.
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“In accordance with the Nigerian Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, all prospective evacuees must present an original COVID-19 NEGATIVE test result (not older than 14 days on the day of departure) at the Airport and undergo a Temperature check 4hrs before departure.
“Any intending evacuees without the stipulated test result, or a body temperature above 38 degrees centigrade, or any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CHECK IN.
“While on board, all prospective evacuees are required to wear face masks and be in possession of a hand sanitizer for intermittent use throughout the journey. Furthermore, all returnees are enjoined to adhere strictly to all instructions of Port Health Services (PHS) officials and observe other entry screening protocols on arrival”, the statement read.