The United Kingdom, on Saturday said it has added Nigeria on its red travel list in the wake of the emergence and spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant.
The UK Secretary of State for Health, Mr Sajid Javid, who made this disclosure on his official twitter handle said UK authorities decided to place Nigeria on its red list following the discovery of 21 cases of Omicron linked to persons traveling from the country. He explained that 21 our of the total 134 cases of Omicron detected in the country originated from persons who travelled from Nigeria.
The restrictions which will take effect from Monday, December 6 by 4am will affect all non-UK and non-Irish citizens and residents who have been in Nigeria in the last 10 days.
Javid also disclosed that the new protocol will require all travellers from countries on the UK’s red list to take a PCR test before they arrive in the country.
He wrote, “In light of the most recent data we are taking further action to slow the incursion of the Omicron variant.
“From 4 am Monday, only UK/Irish citizens and residents travelling from Nigeria will be allowed entry and must isolate in a managed quarantine facility.”