Nigeria missing as the UK releases list of 50 countries it recognizes their COVID19 vaccine certificates
Nigeria is glaringly absent from the list of 50 countries that the United Kingdom (UK) recognizes as having COVID19 vaccine certifications.
This means that even fully vaccinated Nigerians visiting the UK must self-isolate for 10 days. Despite not being on the UK’s COVID-19 red list, Nigeria was not put on the list. There was no mention of any other African country on the list.
Nigeria is on the UK government’s “amber” list, which imposes restrictions on all visitors to the UK, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated against COVID.
The UK government provided a list of over 50 countries with approved COVID-19 immunization programs and proof of vaccination for travel to England in a statement on its website.
“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 traveling.” the statement in part read
It went on to say that fully vaccinated travelers with an approved vaccination and recognized certificate from a country not on the red list would be able to replace their day 2 test with a less expensive lateral flow test, lowering the cost of tests after they arrived in England.
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