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Covid-19: UK Issues New Guidelines For Nigerians, Others

The British High Commission in Nigeria has issued new Covid-19 guidelines for those traveling to the country.

The High Commission said the advisory “is in response to a number of questions we’ve received from members of the public and from the media.”

According the recent guidelines, “From 4am Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England will change from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world.”

The High Commission further noted that it was aware of concerns by Nigerians travelling to the UK requiring quarantine though “having received two doses of recognized Covid-19 vaccines in Nigeria,” that it was working to redress the discriminatory practice.

“We understand that there has been some frustration that the new UK travel rules will continue to require people travelling to the UK from Nigeria to quarantine despite having received two doses of recognised COVID-19 vaccines in Nigeria.

“Following a pilot with the United States of America and the European Union, the UK is working to recognise vaccine certificates from other countries as part of a phased review of the many COVID-19 vaccine certificates issued across the world. This includes recognising Nigeria’s vaccine certificate and – in the spirit of our long-term partnership – we are working with Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) to ensure that this happens as soon as possible.”

The statement further reads: “From 4 October, all travellers to England from the majority of countries that are currently on the amber list, including Nigeria, must: take a pre-departure COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 3 days before travel.

“Book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests – to be taken after arrival.

“Complete a passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before arrival.

After they arrive, travellers must: quarantine/self-isolate at home or in the place they are staying for 10 days.

“Take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8.

“Travellers may be able to end quarantine/self-isolation early if they pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.”

The advisory also states that “All travellers who have been in a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days prior to travelling, will only be allowed to enter the UK if they are a British or Irish national or if they have residence rights in the UK. On arrival they must quarantine in a managed hotel, and take 2 COVID-19 tests.”

The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, at a briefing last week, hinted that the Nigerian government “are in talks with the UK government”.

He stated that all the vaccines administered in Nigeria were recognised by the UK.

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