BRITISH health authorities will keep all holiday travel to Nigeria restricted when it eases restrictions on May 17 because the country remains on its list of amber alert nations not making the green list which offers the all-clear.
As the UK gradually eases its stringent coronavirus restrictions, transport secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed that overseas holidays can resume from May 17 but only to a limited number of green list countries. All remaining countries are placed on either an amber or red list which mean you must not travel to them for leisure purposes, and on return you will be subject to certain quarantine measures.
Only 12 countries have made it to the green list for holiday travel from May 17 including popular holiday destinations like Portugal Israel and Gibraltar. Nigeria remains firmly on the amber list, meaning that diasporans who travel home must quarantine for 10 days upon their return to the UK and must also take a Covid-19 test on or before day two and on or after day eight of their arrival.
Nigeria apparently is nor deemed safe enough to make the green list, which is made up of nations that include Portugal, Gibraltar, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, plus several small remote islands that are British Overseas Territories. At the bottom of the pile are countries on the red list, who are deemed very dangerous spots.
Among the countries on the red list are Brazil, India, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, while Turkey and the Maldives will be added to it on Wednesday 12 May. Those returning from a red list country must stay in a quarantine hotel for 11 nights at a cost of £1,750.