Nigeria is among an “amber list” of countries on Britain’s new international travel advisory once foreign holidays become legal in England.
As England goes into the next phase of the roadmap out of lockdown on 17 May, a traffic light system that categorises countries based on their COVID-19 risk levels has been drawn up. The classification is also partly based on the success of their vaccine rollout.
The West African nation is among 183 other countries put on the amber list. It means British citizens or residents cannot travel to Nigeria or any country in this category for holiday or relaxation purposes.
“You should not travel to amber list countries or territories for leisure purposes,” the country said in its guidelines.
“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.”
On arrival in England, travelers 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 the second day and on or after the eighth day of their quarantine period.
The new international travel advisory comes as the UK gets set to resume international travel. From May 17. Residents are allowed to travel freely to twelve countries on its green list including Portugal, Australia, New Zealand and Israel. Anyone travelling to England from these countries will also not need to quarantine or self-isolate.
Among the countries on the red list are Brazil, India, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. Turkey and the Maldives will be added to the red list on Wednesday 12 May.
Those returning from a red list country must stay in a quarantine hotel for 11 nights at a cost of £1,750.