NIGERIA MISSING AS UK RELEASES LIST OF OVER 50 COUNTRIES WHOSE VACCINATION CERTIFICATES ARE RECOGNISED

Nigeria is missing as the United Kingdom (UK) relaxed its COVID-19 vaccine policy for more than 50 countries.

This means that fully vaccinated Nigerians travelling to UK still need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Nigerian travellers have expressed displeasure over COVID-19 tests in the UK despite being fully vaccinated.

But the UK government had said Nigeria is on the ‘amber’ list, which has restrictions for travellers to the UK, irrespective of whether they have been vaccinated against COVID

From October 4, UK said the new travel system comes into force with countries and territories categorised as either “red” or “rest of the world.”

The previous traffic light system of green, amber and red lists have been scrapped.

In a statement on its website, the UK government released a list of over 50 countries with approved COVID-19 vaccination programmes and proof of vaccination for travel to England.

 

“Fully vaccinated residents in other countries not yet part of the inbound policy, as well as those partially vaccinated, will still have to take a pre-departure test, PCR tests for day 2 and day 8 after arrival, and self-isolate for 10 days, with the option to test to release after 5 days,” the statement reads.

“The UK government is continuing to work with international partners as we seek to more regularly expand the policy to further countries and territories.”

The government said that the new simplified travel system meant that eligible fully vaccinated passengers and eligible under-18s returning from over 50 countries and territories not on the red list, can do so without needing to complete a pre-departure test (PDT), a day 8 test or enter a 10-day self-isolation period, making it easier for those travelling — whether that’s to see friends and family, or on business trips.

It added that eligible fully vaccinated passengers with an approved vaccine and recognised certificate from a country not on the red list would be able to replace their day 2 test with a cheaper lateral flow test, reducing the cost of tests on arrival into England.

Grant Shapps, US transport secretary, said:
“We are accelerating towards a future where travel continues to reopen safely and remains open for good, and today’s rule changes are good news for families, businesses and the travel sector.

“Our priority remains to protect public health but, with more than 8 in 10 people now fully vaccinated, we are able to take these steps to lower the cost of testing and help the sector to continue in its recovery.

“Also from today, under-18s from the over 50 countries whose vaccination status the UK recognises will not need to present a negative PDT before travelling to England. This applies regardless of their vaccination status.”

VACCINE CERTIFICATES’ RECOGNISED BY THE UK

COUNTRY OR TERRITORY EXAMPLES OF PROOF THAT YOU’VE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED WITH AN APPROVED VACCINE
Akrotiri and Dhekelia Letter of proof from the overseas territory government showing you’ve been fully vaccinated under the UK overseas vaccine programme.
Andorra EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Anguilla Letter of proof from the overseas territory government showing you’ve been fully vaccinated under the UK overseas vaccine programme.
Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory Letter of proof from the overseas territory government showing you’ve been fully vaccinated under the UK overseas vaccine programme.
Antigua and Barbuda Vaccine certificate.
Australia Vaccine certificate.
Austria EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Bahrain Vaccine certificate.
Barbados Vaccine certificate.
Belgium EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Bermuda Letter of proof from the overseas territory government showing you’ve been fully vaccinated under the UK overseas vaccine programme.
British Indian Ocean Territory Letter of proof from the overseas territory government showing you’ve been fully vaccinated under the UK overseas vaccine programme.
British Virgin Islands Letter of proof from the overseas territory government showing you’ve been fully vaccinated under the UK overseas vaccine programme.
Brunei Vaccine certificate.
Bulgaria EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Canada Vaccine certificate.
Cayman Islands Letter of proof from the overseas territory government showing you’ve been fully vaccinated under the UK overseas vaccine programme.
Croatia EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Cyprus EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Czech Republic (Czechia) EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Denmark EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Dominica Vaccine certificate.
Estonia EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Falkland Islands Letter of proof from the overseas territory government showing you’ve been fully vaccinated under the UK overseas vaccine programme.
Finland EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
France EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Germany EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Gibraltar Letter of proof from the overseas territory government showing you’ve been fully vaccinated under the UK overseas vaccine programme.
Greece EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Hungary EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Iceland EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Ireland EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Israel Vaccine certificate.
Italy EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Japan Vaccine certificate.
Kuwait Vaccine certificate.
Latvia EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Liechtenstein EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Lithuania EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Luxembourg EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Malaysia Vaccine certificate.
Malta EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Monaco EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Montserrat Letter of proof from the overseas territory government showing you’ve been fully vaccinated under the UK overseas vaccine programme.
Netherlands EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
New Zealand Vaccine certificate.
Norway EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands Letter of proof from the overseas territory government showing you’ve been fully vaccinated under the UK overseas vaccine programme.
Poland EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Portugal EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Qatar Vaccine certificate.
Romania EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
San Marino EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Saudi Arabia Vaccine certificate.
Singapore Vaccine certificate.
Slovakia EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Slovenia EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Letter of proof from the overseas territory government showing you’ve been fully vaccinated under the UK overseas vaccine programme.
South Korea Vaccine certificate.
Spain EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Letter of proof from the overseas territory government showing you’ve been fully vaccinated under the UK overseas vaccine programme.
Sweden EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.
Switzerland EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of a Swissmedic approved vaccine.
Taiwan Vaccine certificate.
Turks and Caicos Islands Letter of proof from the overseas territory government showing you’ve been fully vaccinated under the UK overseas vaccine programme.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) Vaccine certificate.
USA CDC card showing you’ve had a full course of an FDA-approved vaccine in the USA plus proof that you are a resident of the USA.
Vatican City EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine.

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