This requirement will apply to all travelers visiting the UK and returning residents, whether or not they have been vaccinated., and will come into effect next Tuesday at 4 am Tests must be taken within 48 hours before departure.

Also from Monday morning Nigeria returns to travel red listThis means that only UK and Irish nationals and UK residents will be able to enter from this country, but they will have to undergo a 10-day paid quarantine at one of the designated hotels upon arrival. Due to the discovery of the Omikron variant in South Africa, six countries from this region were initially entered into the Red List (South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini), and were joined last Sunday by four more (Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia).

Javid admitted that the changes announced were “extremely unfortunate” for people who already had travel plans, but explained that it was due to a “high number of travel-related infections”. He emphasized that the new requirements would be temporary. “We want to lift it as soon as possible,” the minister said, adding that “vaccines remain our first line of defense.”

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