Travellers from Nigeria to England can now visit the country without taking the many COVID-19 tests and the need to self-isolate, the UK Government has announced on its website.
This development comes as a result of the UK recognising Nigeria’s vaccine certification.
The changes, which take immediate effect scrape the need for fully vaccinated travellers from Nigeria to take a pre-departure test, undertake a day 8 test, or self-isolate for 10 days.
Travellers 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).
Fully vaccinated travellers from Nigeria will need to prove their vaccination status by carrying a certificate with a valid QR code as issued by Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency.
Travellers who are not fully vaccinated are still required to 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 and complete a passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before arrival.
After their arrival, they are to quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days and also take a pre-booked COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8.
The Acting British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ben Llewellyn-Jones, has welcomed the news and said the UK has been working closely with Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency on recognising Nigeria’s vaccine certification.
“The exemption of fully-vaccinated Nigerians travelling to the UK from providing a pre-departure test and self-isolating for 10 days, is a very welcome development. To make this happen, we have been working closely with Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency on recognising Nigeria’s vaccine certification, which we have now done.
“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.”