In a statement released Saturday, the consulate announced that the prospective evacuees are scheduled to leave Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey on Friday, July 3, 2020, and arrive at the Murtala Muhammed Airport's international wing, Lagos on Saturday, July 4, 2020.
The statement read:
“Consequently, all prospective evacuees duly registered with any of the three Nigerian Missions in the USA should purchase their one-way tickets through www.ethiopianairlines.com at the cost of USD1,250. for Economy class and USD2,800 for Business Class for adult/child fare, including all taxes, with the usual percentage reduction for infants under two years.
“All prospective evacuees who purchased tickets should forward the name, phone number and contact address of their Next of Kin in Nigeria to firstname.lastname@example.org for confirmation which will be done on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. For further assistance with payments, please contact the following Ethiopian Airlines staff: Dereje: 2028482397, Benjamin: 5712757021 and Million Teka: 9085916400.”
It emphasized that any expected evacuees would not be permitted to check-in without the stipulated test result, or a body temperature above 38 degrees centigrade, or other symptoms indicative of Covid-19.
The consulate added that all prospective evacuees must be in possession of a hand sanitizer for occasional use during the journey and wear masks when on board.
All returnees are equally enjoined to adhere strictly to all instructions of Port Health Services (PHS) officials and observe other entry screening protocols on arrival.