As part of the measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, says henceforth, passengers without valid Yellow card can no longer be allowed to board flights at Nigeria international airports.
The Yellow Fever card also called the International Health Certificate is an important document which is given to a person after getting a vaccine against Yellow Fever.
In a statement released by its General Manager, Aeromedical Standards, Dr. Wilfred Haggai, the NCAA explained that decision to enforce the presentation of Yellow card is coming on the heels of the review of the operationalization of Nigeria point of entry policy on the prevention and control of cross border transmission of yellow fever and other diseases, particularly Coronavirus.
The review of the policy has arisen because of the compelling priority of the ongoing entry screening at points of entry by Port Health Services for covid19. The entry screening of passengers due to COVID-19 outbreak will be prioritized by the port health services until the outbreak has been effectively contained.
The NCAA has therefore called on all airlines to communicate the policy to their passengers. The policy review took effect on 11th March 2020”. ” All passengers coming to Nigeria who do not have a yellow card are to be allowed to board. When they arrive in Nigeria the Port Health Services will determine whether they require vaccination for Yellow fever or not,” the statement read