Are you stuck abroad? Do you need to return to your home country quickly?
Since February 2020, international borders were completely shut down due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic . Border restrictions made it impossible for visitors to travel back to their home countries.
The global lockdown which lasted for about six months has affected lots of travelers, getting them stranded in different destinations across the world. During this lockdown, airlines and governments have made provision for emergency flights to enable their citizens return home safely.
Numerous repatriation flights have brought Nigerians back from across the world. Here is what you need to know about these flights.
5 ways to get an evacuation flight to Nigeria.
It is important to note that repatriation flights are organized based on (high) demand. This is why there have been lots of emergency flights to and from specific countries/regions than others.
If the number of citizens stuck in a destination is unknown or unregistered, the Nigerian government will not be quick to organize an evacuation flight for your destination.
The following tips can get you an evacuation back home
- Contact the Nigerian embassy in your destination explaining that you are stuck and in need of an evacuation flight.
- Register your details online on the local embassy’s website. Typically, you will be required to fill an online form which would be used to notify you of any potential emergency flights for your destination when scheduled.
- Frequently check the local embassy’s website for travel advice alerts. This will help you get information on any potential flight as soon as it is published
- Follow the Nigeria in Diaspora Commission & the Ministry of foreign affairs Social Media handles. These arms always publish news on potential evacuations. You can also make an appeal requesting for an evacuation flight for your destination particularly when there is no Nigerian Embassy in your location
Latest update on repatriation flights are also sent to travel agencies. Travel agencies share this information across via mails and Social Media handles for publicity and bookings. Contact a travel agency for support.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT EVACUATION FLIGHTS
- Evacuation flights are not free. Cost of evacuation flights to Nigeria is a bit pricey as the airline flies with empty seats en route to your destination
- Book as soon as you get notified of any potential repatriation flights. There are other people looking out for such information as well. Booking is done on a first come-first serve basis and evacuation flights get fully booked quickly.
- You will be required to carry a negative COVID-19 certificate (pre-boarding PCR test in country of departure). This is one of the COVID-19 air travel protocols in Nigeria. The PCR test must be within two weeks before departure and preferably not less than five days pre-boarding as issued by the presidential task force on covid-19 office, Nigeria
Getting recent news on evacuation flights is not difficult. With these tips, you can be sure of getting an evacuation flight back home. Be alert. Be prepared.
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