New Travel Guidelines for Nigerians Traveling to the UK

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The United Kingdom on Thursday rolled out new rules for fully vaccinated travellers from Nigeria.

UK Visa Programme
UK Visa Programme

According to a statement made available to journalists by the Acting British High Commissioner, Ben Llewellyn-Jones, “fully vaccinated travellers from Nigeria will be able to come to England without needing to provide a pre-departure test, undertake a day 8 test or self-isolate for 10 days, although will still need to book and pay for a day 2 test.

“This policy applies to those fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (including Covidshield), Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson).

By implication, the day you had your final jab does not count as part of the 14 days. You must be able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated under a vaccination programme and have a valid proof of vaccination recognised by the British Government (for Nigeria, the certificates with valid QR codes as issued by Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency are recognised).

However, If you are not a fully vaccinated traveller from Nigeria to England, you must take the necessary steps:

  • 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 you arrive in the UK, you must:

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • take a pre-booked COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

Acting British High Commissioner, Ben Llewellyn-Jones also noted that his office has been working closely with Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency on recognising Nigeria’s vaccine certification.

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