The United Kingdom(UK) finally released its red, amber and green list rules for entering into England and Nigeria is on the Amber list. Countries are rated red, amber or green with red being the countries most affected by COVID-19. Green countries are countries that are considered safe to travel to and from. While amber listed countries like Nigeria are considered the midpoint between the two. Nigeria and 180 countries were included in UK’s amber list.
What Being on the Amber List Means for Nigerians
Nigeria being on the Amber list means travellers to the UK from Nigeria must follow the rules below. This also includes persons who were in Nigeria 10 days before their arrival in the UK.
1. Before Travel to England:
People travelling to England from countries on the amber list such as Nigeria must:
- Complete a passenger locator form
- Take a COVID-19 test
- Book and pay for day 2 and day 8 Covid-19 travel tests (To be taken before arrival in England)
2. On Arrival in England
Upon arrival, you must:
- Enter into a ten days quarantine at home or in your place of residence
- Take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8
These rules apply to citizens of amber list countries as well as UK citizens and residents. In addition, people with recent travel history to countries on the red list would be forced to follow the red list rules. This is regardless of if they’re in a green or amber listed country.
For many Nigerians, it is safe to assume that being on the amber list might be an inconvenience. We are hopeful that with time, we can be moved to the green list. This is possible as countries like the Maldives, Israel, Iceland, Brunei, Australia and a few more countries would be moved to the green list on Monday, 17th May.
In conclusion, countries can be moved either way depending on the level of COVID-19 threat. Therefore, before travelling to the UK ensure that you check the travel requirements for your country. This is one of the most important steps to take when travelling in 2021.