Emirates Airline (file photo)
Hard time awaits Nigerian travellers to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the Arab nation bars passengers from the West African country, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia from entering the country because of the Omicron variant of coronavirus (COVID-19).
UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced on Friday December 24, 2021 that the ban takes effect from Saturday December 25, 2021.
The development has therefore created chaos for both inbound and outbound passengers, including Nigerians wishing to come home for the Yuletide.
Some have arranged last-minute flight changes to other European, African and US carriers.
The new travel rule implies that Nigerians can not use the other available Abu Dhabi-based airline, Etihad, which had seen an unprecedented rise in passenger traffic as an alternative to Emirates.
Emirates stopped flight services to Nigeria because of the recently resolved spat between Nigeria-UAE.