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Covid-19: UK To Recognize Nigeria’s Vaccine Certificate

Following measures to tackle Coronavirus worldwide, it has been reported that the United Kingdom has disclosed that travellers from countries on its green list will be exempted from quarantine and from certain testing requirements, provided they can prove their vaccination status and other requirements are met.

According to further reports, it was disclosed that from 4am on Monday October 4, the rules for international travel to England will change from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world.

According to a statement from the British High Commission on Sunday, “From 4 October, all travellers to England from the majority of countries that are currently on the amber list, including Nigeria, must: take a pre-departure COVID-19 test – to be taken in the three days before travel; book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests – to be taken after arrival and complete a passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before arrival.”

The statement disclosed that, “After they arrive, travellers must quarantine/self-isolate at home or in the place they are staying for 10 days; take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8.”

It added that, “From 4 October, vaccinated travellers from a small number of countries and territories – the majority of which are currently on the green list – will be exempt from quarantine and from certain testing requirements, provided they can prove their vaccination status and other requirements are met, including having booked a day 2 test.”

It noted that, “This approach will be kept under regular review and further changes are likely as part of a phased opening up of international travel for vaccinated travellers.  The UK is committed to opening up international travel and we are using our COVID-19 vaccine certification process to enable all those wishing to enter the UK to do so safely.”

The commissioner also made it known that, “Following a pilot with the United States of America and the European Union, the UK is working to recognise vaccine certificates from other countries as part of a phased review of the many COVID-19 vaccine certificates issued across the world.”

He stated that, “This includes recognising Nigeria’s vaccine certificate and – in the spirit of our long-term partnership – we are working with Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency to ensure that this happens as soon as possible.”

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Esther Ifeoluwa

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