The United Kingdom (UK) has announced travel restrictions on Nigeria following an increase in the number of cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 across the world. This was disclosed by the UK’s Secretary of State for Health, Sajid Javid, through his official Twitter account.
The UK is the third country to impose a travel ban on Nigeria in the past few weeks.
Meanwhile, Javid stated that the UK and Irish citizens who will be travelling from Nigeria would be allowed into the country after quarantining for a certain period.
“In light of the most recent data, we are taking further action to slow the incursion of the Omicron variant. From 4 am on Monday, only UK/Irish citizens and residents travelling from Nigeria will be allowed entry and must isolate in a managed quarantine facility, he tweeted.
“And from 4 am on Tuesday, anyone travelling to the UK from countries, not on the Red List will be required to take a pre-departure test, regardless of their vaccination status.
“Vaccines remain our first line of defence— the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones. Please get vaccinated or #GetBoosted as soon as you can.”
Indonesia had few weeks ago slammed a travel ban on Nigeria following the discovery of the new strain of the virus.
Lagos Post Online also reported that Canada had placed Nigeria on a travel ban following the discovery of two cases of the Omicron variant which were linked to travellers from Nigeria.
The NCDC, on Wednesday, had announced the presence of the new variant in Nigeria.
According to the Director-General of the centre, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, the cases were identified through the genomics sequencing of positive cases from travelers linked to South Africa.