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UK slams Nigeria, 187 others with travel restriction over COVID-19 concerns

*The United Kingdom states in an advisory that on arrival in England, travellers from Nigeria and other countries on the ‘amber list’ must quarantine at home for 10 days and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2, and on or after day 8 of their arrival

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In view of the recent concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the need to contain it in the European country, the United Kingdom (UK) has placed a travel restriction on travellers from Nigeria and other countries of the world.

ConsumerConnect reports the UK listed Nigeria among 188 countries on the ‘amber list’ on its Web site.

Besides the countries on the amber list, other countries have been categorised under green or red list.

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The country said travellers listed on the green list are allowed into the country, whereas the ones listed on the red list are totally banned from travelling into the country and the ones on amber list have been placed under restrictions, and must follow the rules listed.

The UK stated: “You should not travel to amber list countries or territories for leisure purposes.

“If you have also been in or through a country or territory on the amber list in the 10 days before you arrive in England, and have not visited a country on the red list, you must follow the amber list rules.”

According to the advisory, on arrival in England, travellers from Nigeria and other countries on the amber list must quarantine at home for 10 days and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2, and on or after day 8 of their arrival.

It noted one of the rules for those travelling from any country on the amber list is that they must complete a passenger location form on arrival in the country, book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 travel tests.

The UK said: “You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the ‘Test to Release’ scheme.”

The country, therefore, warned that amber list is not exhaustive and more countries might be added.

It said: “If a country or territory is not on this list, you should not assume that it is a green or red list country or territory.

“Countries and territories are only green or red if they appear on the green or red list.

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