The Government of the United Kingdom (UK) has stated that fully vaccinated travellers from Nigeria will be able to enter the UK without the need to provide a pre-departure COVID-19 test or self-isolate for 10 days, starting from Monday, October 11, 2021.

This development comes as the UK relaxed its COVID-19 vaccine policy for Nigeria — accepting vaccine certificates from fully vaccinated travellers.

“From Monday, October 11, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers from Nigeria will be able to enter England without the need to provide a pre-departure test or undertake a day 8 test or self-isolate for 10 days, although we still need to book and pay for a day 2 test. This policy applies to those fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (including Covidshield), Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson),” the statement reads.

“If you arrive in England before that date, you must follow the rules for people who are not fully vaccinated. If you arrive after that, you can use a vaccine certificate to prove your vaccination status.

“Fully vaccinated means that you have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

“You must be able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated under a vaccination programme and have a valid proof of vaccination recognised by the British Government (for Nigeria, the certificates with valid QR codes as issued by Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) are recognised).”

Ben Llewellyn-Jones, acting British high commissioner, said, “the exemption of fully-vaccinated Nigerians travelling to the UK from providing a pre-departure test and self-isolating for 10 days, is a very welcome development. To make this happen, we have been working closely with NPHCDA on recognising Nigeria’s vaccine certification, which we have now done.

“The UK remains committed to opening up international travel and enabling those who wish to enter the UK to do so safely.”

The UK government added Nigeria to the list of countries with approved vaccines.

Before now, fully vaccinated travellers from Nigeria still need to need to self-isolate for 10 days.

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