The Federal Government has assured the country is not on the red list of Nations required to isolate for 14 days on arrival in the United Kingdom (UK).
It explained as Nigerians are required to isolate on arrival in the UK, UK citizens are also required to isolate for 7 days upon arrival in Nigeria.
On October 4, 2021, the UK government released a list of 50 countries, who will not be required to isolate on arrival in the UK, on presentation of their vaccination certificate.
However, Nigeria was not listed among these countries.
The Federal Government however pointed out that aside from the fact that no African country was listed, the nation’s vaccination certification program status is yet to be comprehensively reviewed by the UK Government.
Also, the vaccines administered in Nigeria are approved by the UK Government.
The Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, made these known on Tuesday during a joint COVID-19 vaccination briefing alongside the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
He said: “I would like to comment on the UK Government’s statement which was released yesterday. Nigeria’s status has not changed. Nigeria is not among the red listed countries that need to mandatory quarantine for 14 days in a supervised UK facility.
“The statement released by the UK Government is in line with the Press statement released last week that Nigerians will continue to isolate upon arrival to the UK. This is similar to our requirement to have travellers from the UK, isolate for seven days upon arrival in Nigeria.
“The Presidential Steering Committee is in the process of reviewing these requirements. We have been in touch with the UK Government. Just like they stated clearly in their communication, the current listing of countries with approved vaccination certification has just started in the UK.
“They are reviewing the country’s programs in phases. If you go through the list of 50 closely, no African country made the list. The UK Government is yet to comprehensively review Nigeria’s vaccination certification program.
“From my communication with the UK Government officials, the vaccines administered in Nigeria are approved by the UK Government. They are also involved with the vaccination program in Nigeria through the Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO), and they are optimistic that by the time Nigeria’s COVID-19 vaccination program certification is assessed, it will be approved.
“There are many countries in the World, so we like many other countries are in the queue for this assessment. Once it gets to our turn, we are more likely than not to get approved in the coming weeks. Like the UK Government have clearly stated, the process of assessment would occur in phases.”