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BREAKING: Vaccinated Nigerians can travel to UK without pre-departure tests – UK Government

The UK government announced that fully vaccinated travellers from Nigeria can travel to England without needing a pre-departure covid test from the 11th of October.

This was disclosed in a statement by the British High Commission, viewed by Nairametrics, in Abuja on Thursday.

They also revealed that the policy includes Nigerians vaccinated with the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Modern and Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England, you must have been fully vaccinated with a full course of an approved vaccine in the UK, under the UK overseas vaccination programme or in one of the countries and territories listed below.

From 4am Monday 11 October UN staff and volunteers who have been fully vaccinated under the United Nations vaccine programme will also qualify.

You can still travel to England if you do not qualify as fully vaccinated but you must follow different rules.

What the statement said

“This policy applies to those fully vaccinated with Astra Zeneca (including Covidshield), Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson)).

“Fully vaccinated means that you have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England.

“The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days. You must be able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated under a vaccination programme and have a valid proof of vaccination recognised by the British Government (for Nigeria, the certificates with valid QR codes as issued by Nigeria’s Primary Healthcare Development Agency are recognised),” they said.

For Nigerians who are not fully vaccinated, they are advised to take a pre-departure Covid test 3 days before travel, book and pay for day 2 and day 8 covid tests to be taken on arrival and complete a passenger locator form, anytime in the 48 hours before arrival.

Ben Llewellyn-Jones, Acting High Commissioner to Nigeria said, “The exemption of fully vaccinated Nigerians travelling to the Uk from providing a pre-departure test and self-isolating for 10 days, is a very welcome development.

“To make this happen, we have been working closely with Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency on recognising Nigeria’s vaccine certification, which we have now done.”

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