Nigeria Not on COVID 19 Red List, UK Assures

Nigeria Not on COVID 19 Red List, UK Assures

  • The government of the United Kingdom has confirmed that Nigeria is not on its COVID 19 red alert list for travel
  • There had been previous reports that the UK was not going to accept those vaccinated in Nigeria under its new travel advisory
  • The UK however claims that Nigerian-used vaccines are approved by its regulatory body and the World Health Organisation

The United Kingdom has assured Nigeria that it is not on the country’s red alert list for COVID 19.

The UK further reiterated that vaccines being used in Nigeria are approved by its regulatory body and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The news was confirmed by the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Dr. Faisal Shuaib.

According to Mr. Shuaib, Nigeria will be on the UK’s green list, following preliminary discussions between both countries.

“We have had preliminary discussions with officials of the UK Government. Without prejudice to the information yet to be released, we have been assured that Nigeria will maintain the status quo. That is to say, Nigeria will not be on the red list.”

Nigerians who are coming to the UK will however need to do a PCR test and isolate for 7 days, regardless of their COVID 19 vaccination status.

UK residents coming into Nigeria will also have to undergo the same procedure.

The NPHCDA boss however urged more Nigerians to get vaccinated since the number of people vaccinated is one of the factors considered by most nations when making travel restrictions.

Read also: Nigeria Bans Brazil and South Africa, Removes India Restriction


Meanwhile, WHO has suggested that countries should not make proof of vaccination a requirement for people to enter and leave countries because COVID 19 vaccines are still scarce globally.

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