UK wants to simplify travel rules for Nigeria and others – Nigeria – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News
The UK has promised to simplify COVID-19 travel rules for Nigerian nationals and other international visitors following frustrating stories from travelers.
The British High Commission in Nigeria said over the weekend that travelers will experience a certain ease in their travel experiences from Monday 4th October 2021.
“From October 4, 2021, the current system will be simplified. There will be a single red list of countries and territories with stricter rules and there will also be a ‘rest of the world’ list with simplified travel policies, “UK High Commissioner in Nigeria, Catriona Laing, said in a statement.
Liang said the “rest of the world” list would include countries currently on the UK’s yellow list, such as Nigeria.
Some Nigerians had complained of “frustrating” COVID-19 rules leaving the UK, with many complaining that the vaccines they were given in Nigeria were not recognized.
But the executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, said Nigerian officials “are in talks with the UK government” about the problems.
However, Shuaib said that all vaccines administered in Nigeria have been recognized by the UK and that the UK has three classifications for vaccination by country – green, yellow and red – of which Nigeria is on the yellow list.
Liang also noted that reports suggesting the COVID-19 vaccines administered in Nigeria are not approved by the UK are not true.
The UK High Commissioner in Nigeria said the UK recognized the Oxford-AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines used in Nigeria, regardless of where they are made.
She said the UK government is determined to open up international travel while using the COVID-19 vaccination certification process so those wishing to enter the UK can do so safely.
“We know this is of great concern to many people in the UK and Nigeria – the extensive human-human relationship between our two countries is at the heart of our bilateral relationship,” said Liang.
She also stated that travel regulations are regularly reviewed and people planning a trip to the UK should regularly check the www.gov.uk website for the latest information and requirements.
Liang said the UK is committed to global vaccine access and is one of the biggest donors to COVAX.
“The UK strongly supports the work of the Nigerian health authorities and Nigeria’s vaccination campaign and strongly encourages all eligible Nigerian residents to be vaccinated. Only when we are all vaccinated can we stop the spread of COVID-19, ”Liang said.