The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has said the United Kingdom added Nigeria to the travel red list amid concerns over the Omicron variant to protect the public health of her citizens.
In a statement by the British Deputy High Commission Lagos, Laing said the UK took the decision in order to protect the public health of its people while the government tries to understand the new variant.
Despite the travel ban, the British envoy explained that the government would work closely with the Nigerian authorities as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The envoy, who was quoted in a statement issued by Press and Public Affairs Officer, British High Commission, Ndidiamaka Eze, said the decision will be reviewed at the three-week review point on December 20.
“This decision is a precautionary measure to protect public health in the UK, whilst we try to understand this new variant. “I know that this decision will have a significant impact on people in both our countries, particularly at this time of year.
“We continue to work very closely with the Nige rian authorities in tackling the pandemic and commend their ongoing work.”
The red list, which came to effect on December 6, means that Nigerians who do not have UK citizenship or residence permit can no longer travel to the country until the advisory is revised. The Nigerian government has faulted the decision of the UK government, describing it as unjust and discriminatory