The United Kingdom will keep Nigeria on its COVID-19 red list for international travel despite the Federal Government threat of retaliation.
This was disclosed by the spokesman for the British High Commission, Dean Hurlock, on Sunday, according to The PUNCH.
Nigerian travellers were banned from entering the UK about a week ago after reportedly discovering 21 passengers with Omicron variant, 19 of which flew directly to Britain from Nigeria, according to the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, on Thursday.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had earlier said that the UK, Canada and Saudi Arabia would be put on Nigeria’s travel ban on Tuesday.
Reacting to Sirika's statement on Sunday, Hurlock stated that Britain had made it clear that travel abroad would be different this year, adding that the UK was sticking to its “standard background lines.”
He added, “The UK Government propose sticking to our standard background lines on whether ‘x’ country will put us on the red list and avoid getting into hypothetical situations.
“The UK government has been clear that travel abroad will be different this year and countries may impose border measures at short notice in line with their own coronavirus policies.”
He added that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice was kept under constant review and asked travellers to continue to check it for entry requirements of the destination they plan to visit.
“Travellers can also sign up for e-mail alerts on GOV.UK to get the latest updates as soon as they happen. We are in regular conversations with other countries about their travel policies,” Hurlock explained.
“The position stated in our press release of last weekend still stands at present,” he added in an earlier statement.