Plans have been concluded to evacuate not less than 200 Nigerians stranded in South Africa.
The stranded Nigerians will be airlifted by Air peace, according to the Nation Newspapers.
They are expected to pay $840 for economy class and $1350 for business
The Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa, Ambassador Kabiru Bala confirmed the evacuation exercise to The Nation.
According to him, there are some headwinds with logistics that is presently being looked into.
He said: “We are working towards the evacuation on Thursday. A max of 200. Payments are being made by the evacuees. There are outstanding logistics. We are however hopeful all arrangements will be on the uptick.”
The President, Nigerian Citizens Association (NICASA), Prince Benjamin Okoli said going by the circular released by the Nigerian Consular General the evacuees are hopeful that they will be flying back to Nigeria on Thursday as stated.
He said that passengers are also working with the new travel protocol released by the government.
The new arrangement stipulates that intending evacuees are to be tested five and nine days to departure while those who test positive will not be allowed to board.
Intending evacuees will also be required to sign an undertaking promising to abide by the guidelines and safety precautions put in place. This is a requirement for boarding.
Upon arrival in Nigeria, they will be required to undergo clearance at the airports, while their passports are withheld by the immigration authorities, pending the outcome of the second testing.
Those who test positive will be taken in for treatment and those whose tests return negative will still have to self-isolate for 14 days before they are signed off and allowed to take their passports and go home.