The United Kingdom Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid on Tuesday disclosed that Nigeria and 10 other countries have been removed from the UK Covid-19 travel red list.
Javid made the disclosure while addressing Members of Parliament. According to him, the red list is “now less effective in slowing the incursion of Omicron from abroad”.
“So I can announce today that whilst we’ll maintain our temporary testing measures for international travel, we will be removing all 11 countries from the travel red list effective from 4:00 am tomorrow,” Javid added.
The 10 other countries initially placed on the list include Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Speaking earlier on Tuesday, UK Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps had urged the country to replace the red list with testing for the fully vaccinated.
The UK had last week placed Nigeria on its red list, adding a pre-departure Covid-19 test requirement for all in-bound travellers and arrivals from the country.