Richard Ginika Izuora
Nigeria is among countries currently on red list of nations released by the United Kingdom, UK.
Nigeria is therefore delisted to benefit from UK government COVID-19 vaccine relaxation policy which further implies that fully vaccinated Nigerians travelling to the UK would self-isolate for 10 days.
Beginning from October 4, UK said the new travel system comes into force with countries and territories categorised as either “red” or “rest of the world.”
The previous traffic light system of green, amber and red lists have been scrapped.
On its website on Monday, October 4, the UK government released a list of over 50 countries with approved COVID-19 vaccination programmes and proof of vaccination for travel to England.
“Fully vaccinated residents in other countries not yet part of the inbound policy, as well as those partially vaccinated, will still have to take a pre-departure test, PCR tests for day 2 and day 8 after arrival, and self-isolate for 10 days, with the option to test to release after 5 days,” it said.
“The UK government is continuing to work with international partners as we seek to more regularly expand the policy to further countries and territories.”
The UK government said that the new simplified travel system meant that eligible fully vaccinated passengers and eligible under-18s returning from over 50 countries and territories, not on the red list, can do so without needing to complete a pre-departure test (PDT), a day 8 test or enter a 10-day self-isolation period, making it easier for those travelling — whether that’s to see friends and family, or on business trips.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps, said: “We are accelerating towards a future where travel continues to reopen safely and remains open for good, and today’s rule changes are good news for families, businesses and the travel sector.
“Our priority remains to protect public health but, with more than 8 in 10 people now fully vaccinated, we are able to take these steps to lower the cost of testing and help the sector to continue in its recovery.
“Also from today, under-18s from the over 50 countries whose vaccination status the UK recognises will not need to present a negative PDT before travelling to England. This applies regardless of their vaccination status.”