Emerging report indicates that the United Kingdom, UK, government has on Saturday, announced that Nigeria will be added to the countries on its red list, over the discovery of several cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in Nigeria.
The decision was announced in a series of tweets by the UK Embassy in Nigeria.
According to the new protocol, non-UK and non-Irish citizens who are travelling in from Nigeria, will not be allowed entry into the UK.
It however, stated that the ban will be temporal, noting also that the new protocol does not apply to persons “staying airside and only transiting through”.
The tweets read:
“URGENT UK TRAVEL ANNOUNCEMENT:
From 4am, on 6th December, Nigeria will be added to the red list for international travel to England.
This follows 21 recent cases of Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529 (Omicron) linked to travel from Nigeria.
“From 4am, on 6th December, UK and Irish citizens and residents arriving from Nigeria, must isolate in a government approved managed quarantine facility for 10 days, and receive two PCR tests, as the UK government takes further precautionary action against the Omicron variant.
“From 4am, on 6th December, a temporary travel ban will be introduced for non-UK and non-Irish citizens and residents who have been in Nigeria in the previous 10 days, meaning they will be refused entry into the UK. This does not apply to those staying airside and only transiting through.
“For further advice and guidance on red list countries, please visit: https://t.co/nF7ZWxVGOB.
Please also visit our Nigeria Travel Advice page: https://t.co/jHSqXp0shS.
These pages are updated regularly.”
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