Covid-19: What you must know before travelling to the UK

There were concerns regarding covid-19 guidelines and isolation rules for travellers to the UK, however, the Federal Government of Nigeria has insisted that the country is not among red-listed countries, whose citizens require mandatory quarantine for 14 days in a supervised UK facility.

UK Visa Programme
UK Visa Programme

The UK government had in a statement on Monday said Nigerians would continue to isolate upon arrival to that country.

Speaking during a COVID-19 vaccination update in Abuja, Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, said Nigeria’s status has not changed. “This is similar to our requirement to have travellers from the UK isolate for seven days upon arrival in Nigeria,” he said.

Shuaib noted that the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC) is in the process of reviewing travel requirements and is currently in touch with the UK government.

“The UK government is yet to comprehensively review Nigeria’s vaccination certification programme. From my communication with UK government officials, the UK government approves the vaccines administered in Nigeria. They are also involved with the vaccination programme in Nigeria through the Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) and they are optimistic that by the time Nigeria’s COVID-19 vaccination programme certification is assessed, it will be approved.”

He added: “There are many countries in the world. So, we, like many other countries, are in the queue for this assessment. Once it gets to our turn, we are, more likely than not, to get approved in the coming weeks. As the UK government has clearly stated, the process of assessment would occur in phases.”

He stated that there’s no need to panic as the status-quo remains.

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