The United Kingdom, (UK), has said it will on October 4, 2021, simplify rules for Nigerians and other international visitors to the United Kingdom.
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, who made the disclosure in an issued statement in Abuja yesterday, said, “As from 4th October, the current system will be simplified. There will be a single red list of countries and territories where stricter rules apply, and there will also be a “rest of the world” list, with simplified travel measures. The ‘rest of the world’ list will include countries currently on the UK’s amber list, such as Nigeria”.
On Covid-19 vaccinations in Nigeria, Laing also said, “The UK is committed to global access to vaccines, and is among the largest funders to COVAX. The UK has donated 1.2 million vaccines specifically to Nigeria through COVAX and will continue to provide support.
She emphasised that, “Any statements that Covid-19 vaccines administered in Nigeria are not approved by the UK are completely untrue.
“The UK recognises the Oxford-Astra Zeneca, Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson &Johnson Covid-19 vaccines used in Nigeria, irrespective of where they are manufactured”, she stated.
In the statement, Laing also said: “Travel rules are kept under regular review and people planning to travel to the UK should regularly check the latest information and requirements as set out on the gov. uk website”.
Further speaking about rules concerning international travel to the UK, the High Commissioner said, “We know this matters hugely to many people in the UK and in Nigeria – the extensive people-people ties between our two countries are at the heart of our bi-lateral relationship”, she stated.