270 Stranded Nigerians To Be Evacuated From US To Abuja May 10

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…The One-Way Flight To Cost $1,300, $1,700 Per Adult

…Over 700 Nigerians Registered With Mission

…Applicants Treated On A First Come, First Served Basis

…Returnees To Be Responsible For Travel Arrangements From Abuja To  Their Destinations Within Nigeria After Compulsory Quarantine Period

The Consulate General of Nigeria in New York has stated  that Nigerians stranded in the United States would be evacuated using  to Abuja on Sunday, May 10, 2020 by 9:15 pm with flight Number ET 509 operated by the Ethiopian Airlines with a 270 passenger capacity, at the expense of the travelers.

The flight the Consulate said would be done using a one-way flight is being arranged and that all travelers are expected to fly economy class.

The Consulate who made this known in a public notice, hinted that the projected cost for the one-way economy ticket is between $1,300 and $1,700 about (N507,000  and N663,000) per adult, with the usual provision of appropriate percentage reductions for children and infants, if passengers book within this period of the arrangement with the airline.

Additionally, the Consulate said the special Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 509 is expected to depart for Abuja from Newark (EWR) Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Sunday, May 10, 2020 by 9.15pm and is expected to fly directly to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

It added that the expected time of arrival in Abuja is 12noon on the next day after the flight and that further information on other flight arrangements shall be communicated to Nigerian nationals in the USA in due course.​

The Consulate informed that over 700 Nigerian nationals have registered with our Missions in the USA to be evacuated but that only 270 passengers shall be accommodated in this batch of evacuation.

“Missions will, therefore, attend to applicants on a first come, first served basis and shall prioritize the list of evacuees according to their immigration status, including the need to consider those stranded with proof of short stay visas, the elderly, families with children and returning students,” the Consulate said.

“Consequently, Nigerians who choose to return to Abuja are required to book and pay for their ticket on flight number ET 509 to Abuja on Sunday, May 10, 2020 departing 9:15pm with the Ethiopian Airlines through www.ethiopianairlines.com. All those who have successfully bought a ticket in this flight should immediately forward a copy of their ticket along with the name, phone contact and address of their next of Kin in Nigeria to cgnny@nigeriahouse.com for documentation within the next 3 days. Any traveler who has issues in booking this flight may email Mr. Nigusu Worku, the Ethiopian Regional Director of Sales and Services in USA at Nigusuw@ethiopianairlines.com for assistance,” the Mission said

​The Missions said it would not be able to help applicants, who fail to secure a booking on time on this flight and follow other guidelines of the Federal Government of Nigeria for the Evacuation Exercise, earlier conveyed in its  public notices under reference.

It warned Nigerians   not to come to the airport unless they have bought their tickets and forwarded to cgnny@nigeriahouse.com for documentation and clearance.

“It is advisable to be at the Airport 4hrs in advance, as temperature checks will be carried out, in accordance with Pre-Departure Infection Prevention Control (IPC) measures. Any prospective evacuee with a temperature above 38 degrees centigrade or visually observed to have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, will not be allowed to check in. Please, also note that Ethiopian Airlines rules, will apply for this flight, including baggage restriction allowance of 2 pieces of 23 kilogrammes each as checked baggage and 7 kilogrammes for a carry-on piece.

“While on-board, all prospective evacuees will be required to be in possession of hand sanitizers, which should be applied before boarding and intermittently throughout the flight duration. Furthermore, all are expected to wear face masks for the entire duration of the journey and on arrival at the airport in Abuja. All passengers will also be required to fill in a self-reporting/health assessment form which will be submitted, along with passports to the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on arrival in Nigeria. Moreover, all returnees will be expected to adhere strictly to all instructions of Port Health Services (PHS) officials and observe other entry screening protocols,” the Consulate said.

The Mission stated that on arrival, all returnees shall be transported by the Federal Government from the Airport to the designated Quarantine Centers for the compulsory fourteen (14) day period, stressing that during this period; all returnees will be tested for COVID-19 and would also be re-tested at the end of the quarantine period.

It added   that only those that test negative will be allowed to retrieve their passports from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), while positive cases will be transferred to designated Isolation Centers for treatment.

Returnees, the Consulate noted would be responsible for planning their own travel arrangements from Abuja to their respective destinations within Nigeria after the compulsory quarantine period.

​While thanking Nigerian nationals in the USA for their understanding in this very critical and unusual time of COVID-19, the Nigerian Missions may be contacted by its dedicated telephones at +1-6462150625 or +1-6462150517 for any specific questions on the planned ET509 flight to Abuja on Sunday, May 10, 2020 .

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