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Lifting of PCR test’ll bring succour to travel, tourism industry – Kechinyere Richard-Sheidu

By Guardian Nigeria
06 April 2022   |   2:47 am
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Kahera Travels, Nigeria’s leading luxury travel company, Mrs. Kechinyere Richard-Sheidu

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Kahera Travels, Nigeria’s leading luxury travel company, Mrs. Kechinyere Richard-Sheidu,
has described the decision of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 to lift the PCR test for passengers coming into the country as a good development and a huge relief for the travel and tourism industry.

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She stated this while addressing newsmen in Abuja following decisions of the PSC instructing that “Inbound passengers to Nigeria who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to carry out the compulsory COVID-19 PCR test before Nigeria-bound flights”.

Richard-Sheidu applauded the committee’s new directive as a good one for the industry and also the nation’s economy.

The new instruction read in parts, “Fully vaccinated passengers arriving Nigeria will not also be required to carry out post-arrival PCR tests or a rapid antigen test upon arriving in Nigeria.

“Children below the age of 18 will be accorded the same privileges as persons who are fully vaccinated.”

The MD, however, noted that the action was a positive step, adding that most countries have already lifted all COVID-19-related travel restrictions.

She said the outbreak of COVID-19 had a negative impact on many sectors of the economy. Conversely, the travel industry suffered the most as countries closed their borders and travel was generally restricted during the pandemic’s peak.

Richard-Sheidu emphasised that as a result, the aviation, travel and vacation industries all bore the brunt of the lockdown among other restrictions.

The Kahera Travels boss further expressed relief that the worst of the pandemic appears to be over. This is as she hoped that the travel industry, which has been comatose for the past couple of years, would bounce back.

“The pandemic had a significant impact on many businesses, particularly the travel and tourism industry; thankfully, the worst days are behind us, and we look forward to providing the best service for all of our clients’ travel and vacation needs,” she said.

Richard-Sheidu also highlighted that the decision to suspend the mandatory test would undoubtedly result in more tourists visiting Nigeria.

She urged prospective tourists to grasp the opportunity to traverse local and international wonderland. “A lot has changed since the pandemic began.

“We invite Nigerian tourists who want to explore new things – both within and outside the country – to take advantage of the luxurious treat Kahera Travels has in store. They include expert advice on visa application, easy access to private jets, exclusive information on recent developments on immigration and others.”