The United Kingdom (UK) has publicised a list of 50 countries it accepts their COVID-19 vaccine certificates and Nigeria is missing from the list.
The meaning of this is that fully vaccinated Nigerians that will be travelling to the UK will have to self-isolate for 10 days. Nigeria was not included in the list despite not being on the UK’s COVID-19 red list.
The UK government had revealed that Nigeria is on its ‘amber’ list, a list that has restrictions for travellers into the UK, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated against COVID.
In a statement posted on its website, the UK government shared a list of more than 50 countries with approved COVID-19 vaccination programmes and evidence of vaccination for travel to England.
Part of the statement read: “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.
“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 government said 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”.