Post-COVID: NCAA releases new protocol for International flights


The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has released a COVID-19 Pandemic Public Health Protocol for Nigerian-based crews operating international flights.

According to the release, flight crews must now wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and observe Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) measures for the duration of their flights.

The protocol also states that flight crews will not be quarantined but undergo mandatory testing for COVID-19 every 14 days at a cost to the Air Operator upon return to Nigeria, as flight crew members who test positive for COVID-19 will be taken to a treatment center for further management.

In a letter with reference NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/120 27th May 2020 signed by the Director General, Captain Musa Nuhu to all operators, airports and other service providers, the new protocol approved by the Federal Ministry of Health replaces the current practice where Nigerian-based flight crew members who operate international flights are quarantined for 14 days upon their return to Nigeria.

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