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COVID-19: UK reacts to Nigerians’ frustration over travel restrictions, relaxes rules

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COVID-19: UK reacts to Nigerians’ frustration over travel restrictions, relaxes rules

Following frustration skilled by Nigerians visiting the UK over strict COVID-19 travelling protocols, the British Excessive Commission on in Nigeria on Saturday acknowledged origin from October 4, the rules will be relaxed.

A commentary credited to the excessive commissioner in Nigeria, Catriona Laing, also necessary that experiences suggesting that the COVID-19 vaccines administered in Nigeria aren’t well-liked by the UK are unsuitable.

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Ms Laing acknowledged the UK recognises the Oxford-AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson’s and Johnson’s vaccines frail in Nigeria, with out reference to the save they’re manufactured.

The commentary reads in section: “The UK is committed to international entry to vaccines, and is amongst the largest funders to COVAX. The UK has donated 1.2 million vaccines specifically to Nigeria by COVAX and have to continue to present toughen.

“The UK strongly helps the work of the Nigerian health authorities and Nigeria’s vaccination campaign, and strongly encourages all eligible residents in Nigeria to web vaccinated. Entirely when we’re all vaccinated make we shatter the unfold of COVID-19.”

On travel restrictions

Ms Laing acknowledged the UK authorities will shortly simplify current travel rules for Nigerians and other international visitors to the nation.

“From October 4, 2021, potentially the most up-to-date system will be simplified. There’ll be a single red listing of nations and territories the save stricter rules comply with, and there’ll also be a “the relaxation of the arena” listing, with simplified travel measures.”

The reliable acknowledged the “the relaxation of the arena” listing will consist of international locations on the second on the UK’s amber listing, equivalent to Nigeria.

She acknowledged the UK government is committed to opening up international travel while utilizing its COVID-19 vaccination certification activity to allow those wishing to enter the UK to make so safely.

“Everyone is aware of this issues vastly to many folks in the UK and Nigeria – the intensive individuals-individuals ties between our two international locations are on the center of our bilateral relationship.”

She also defined that travel rules are kept below frequent overview and individuals planning to travel to the UK have to on a frequent foundation verify potentially the most up-to-date recordsdata and necessities as save out on the www.gov.uk web site.

Background

A most up-to-date Nigerian traveller who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES acknowledged on September 8, 2021, when he arrived the UK, he was as soon as made to endure two COVID-19 assessments on day 2 and day 8 of his arrival

The traveller, who did no longer desire to be named, acknowledged these assessments had been performed on him despite the incontrovertible fact that he was as soon as quiet in isolation.

One other Nigerian who’s on the second residing the UK but requested no longer to be named, expressed frustration over what he described as extortion of Africans by the UK government.

“You will be in a neighborhood to take into accout the frustrations of Nigerians visiting the UK. After taking two doses of vaccines in Nigeria, you are quiet made to pay for accommodation for isolation while you furthermore would possibly pay for take a look at.

“A chum of mine paid about 160 kilos sterling, an amount identical to about N120,000, merely for checking out,” the source acknowledged.

Students affected too

In the intervening time, some Nigerians who no longer too prolonged in the past returned to the UK for training purposes reportedly skilled difficulties over the protocols.

A few of the returning students who had earlier obtained two photographs of both Moderna or Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines acknowledged the protocols had been ‘frustrating’.

Nigeria reacts

In a briefing closing week, the Govt Director of the Nationwide Predominant Health Care Pattern Company, Faisal Shuaib, acknowledged Nigerian officers “are in talks with the UK government”.

Mr Shuaib who was as soon as also reacting to the memoir of the easy travel advisory acknowledged the total vaccines administered in Nigeria had been recognised by the UK.

He clarified that the UK in the past had three classifications for vaccination by international locations – green, amber and red – of which Nigeria is on the amber listing.

Mr Shuaib acknowledged the easy advisory would simplest ogle international locations categorised into two lists – green and red – and hopes that Nigeria maintains the spot quo by no longer being restricted.

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