Travel protocols in the United Kingdom have been relaxed for Nigerians, who will no longer need to take a pre-departure test, an 8-day test, or be self-isolated for 10 days, as was previously required.
Effective Monday, the new policy will apply to those fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (including Covidshield), Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson.
In the past, Nigerian passengers who were fully vaccinated were still required to quarantine in the UK for 10 days and to take a COVID-19 test afterward.
This procedure has been removed under the new policy.
It is mandatory for Nigerian visitors who have undergone full vaccination to have a certificate with valid QR code, as issued by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, as well as a valid proof of vaccination recognized by the British Government.
A statement stated that travellers from Nigeria who are fully vaccinated will not be required to provide a pre-departure test, undergo a day 8 test or self-isolate for 10 days, but will still be required to book and pay for a day 2 test.
“This policy applies to people fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (including Covidshield), Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). It means you have completed a full course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England.
“The day you took your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days. The British Government requires that you have been fully vaccinated under a vaccination programme and that you have valid proof of vaccination (for Nigeria, the certificates with QR codes issued by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency of Nigeria are accepted).”
Nigerians who are unvaccinated before traveling to England must still take the COVID-19 test three days before departure, book and pay for the COVID-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 after arrival, and complete the passenger locator form within 48 hours.
Following your arrival, you must: quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days; and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8,” the high commission added.
“The exemption of fully-vaccinated Nigerians travelling to the UK from providing a pre-departure test and self-isolation for 10 days, as stated by the acting British High Commissioner, is a very welcome development,” said Llewellyn Jones.
Towards this end, we have been working closely with Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency to recognize Nigeria’s vaccine certification, which we have now done.
“The UK remains committed to enabling those who wish to travel internationally to enter the country safely. Vaccines work, and – as the pandemic has demonstrated – no one is safe until we are all safe. Everyone should get vaccinated.”