Omicron: Why is Nigeria on the travel red list? The Giant of Africa, Nigeria has been placed on UK’s travel red list. This was assumed to slow down the spread of the Omicron variant.
The higher commissioner in Nigeria to the united kingdom made a statement saying that the restrictions will amount to “Travel Apartheid”
The question remains, why was Nigerisn added to the red list? And are these measures fair?
What is the red list?
Nigeria is the most current African country to book a way into the red UK’s travel red list, alongside with South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Angola, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.
At the moment, the only people allowed to enter UK from these nations are UK and Irish nationals or UK residents.
People arriving from red-listed countries will be held in a hotel quarantined and isolated form10 days at there own expense. These countries were put on target because the variant was first discovered in south Africa.
The fact that of all nation to appear on red list, Africa is the only nation and it has been described as “Wicked and unfair”
Why was Nigeria added
In accordance to the UK government, Nigeria was added to the list because:
- There are strong suggestions of omicron Virus in Nigeria.
- Several cases identified in UK has been linked to travel from Nigeria
- Nigeria recorded strong travel links with South Africa, where Omicron was first detected
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