UK changes travel rules for fully vaccinated Nigerians
The United Kingdom has relaxed her rules concerning fully vaccinated Nigerians who would be travelling to England as they would not need to observe protocols reserved for unvaccinated people.
In a policy statement released by the British High Commission in Abuja on Thursday, the United Kingdom has assured travellers from Nigeria to England they they will not need to take a pre-departure test, undertake a day 8 test or self-isolate for 10 days as previously required, with effect from Monday, October 11.
In a previous statement released on 19 September, 2021, the UK government had included Nigeria in an ‘Amber List”, requiring that all Nigerians who wish to travel to the United Kingdom would have to go through various tests and a 10 day quarantine; as they are considered ‘unvaccinated’ despite owing a proof of vaccination.
This followed a heated debate as vaccines being administered on Nigerians had been donated by the United Kingdom. In September alone, Nigeria received 1.2million doses of vaccine from the UK through COVAX.
But this newly announced policy allowing fully covid vaccinated Nigerians to the UK without ambiguous protocols ,is most welcome.
The British Commission explains that the policy applies to those fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (including Covidshield), Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson.
“From Monday, 11 October 2021, 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,” the statement read in part.
“The revised policy applies to those who have been fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (including Covidshield), Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines.
“Fully vaccinated means that you have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days,” the statement added.
“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).”
“If you are not a fully vaccinated traveller from Nigeria to England, you 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 arrival, the traveller is expected to “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″ .
According to Llewellyn-Jones, the UK remains committed to opening up international travel and enabling those who wish to enter the UK, to do so safely.
“Vaccines work and as the pandemic has shown, no one is safe until we are all safe. I would encourage all eligible people to get vaccinated”, Llewellyn-Jones added.