We won’t reverse travel bans imposed by Nigeria due to its threat-UK

Sunday’s statement by the British High Commission stated that the United Kingdom would not revoke its travel ban against Nigeria due to a threat from the Federal Government.

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Dean Hurlock, the British High Commission’s spokesperson, stated this to respond to a query by The PUNCH about Sunday’s statement by Hadi Sirika (Minister of Aviation), that Canada, the UK and Saudi Arabia would be added on Tuesday to Nigeria’s travel ban.

Hurlock stated that Britain had made clear that it would not allow travel abroad this year and that the UK was adhering to its “standard background lines.”

In a text message sent to the High Commission by The PUNCH, it stated that the Federal Government had threatened to place a travel ban against the UK in retaliation. It then asked, “Will that cause the UK to lift its travel ban?”

Hurlock replied, saying, “The UK Government propose sticking with our standard background lines about whether ‘x” country will place us on the redlist and avoid getting into hypothetical scenarios.

“The UK government has made it clear that international travel will be different this year. Other countries may impose short-term border measures in accordance with their coronavirus policies.”

He said that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel information was constantly under review and that travellers should continue to verify it for entry requirements to the destination they are planning to visit.

To receive the most recent updates, travelers can sign up on GOV.UK for e-mail alerts. Hurlock said that we are regularly in contact with other countries regarding their travel policies.

“The position stated last weekend in our press release still stands,” he said.

The UK stated that Nigeria would be added on to the travel redlist as of December 6, following 21 cases Omicron variant COVID-19 in England. This was in response to travel history from Nigeria.

These are temporary measures to stop further omicron cases entering the UK. They will be reviewed at the three-week point on December 20.

Catriona Laing (British High Commissioner to Nigeria), stated that Omicron cases in Britain had clear connections to South Africa and Nigerian overseas travel.

In an interview with Channels Television on Thursday, Laing also stated that the travel ban was evidence-based.

According to her, 19 of 21 Omicron variant passengers with Nigerian travel history flew to Britain directly from Nigeria.

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