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Omicron: UK bans flights from Nigeria



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The United Kingdom on Saturday banned all flights from Nigeria following the three cases of the Omicron Variant detected in the country.


This is coming after the Canadian government imposed a travel ban on Nigeria after detecting the variant from travelers who landed in the country from Nigeria.

Recall that the Nigeria Government on Wednesday confirmed three cases of the Omicron variant from travelers from South Africa.

The UK made the announcement on Saturday, December 4, 2021.



From 4am on 6 December, Nigeria will be added to the red list for international travel to England.

This follows 21 recent cases of COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529 (Omicron) linked to travel from Nigeria.

From 4am on 6 December, UK and Irish citizens and residents arriving from Nigeria must isolate in a government approved managed quarantine facility for 10 days, and receive two PCR tests, as the UK government takes further precautionary action against the Omicron variant.

From 4am on 6 Dec a temporary travel ban will be introduced for non-UK and non-Irish citizens and residents who’ve been in Nigeria in the previous 10 days, meaning they will be refused entry into the UK. This doesn’t apply to those staying airside and only transiting through.

For further advice and guidance on red list countries, please visit:

Please also visit our Nigeria Travel Advice page:

These pages are updated regularly.

For more information about booking and staying in a quarantine hotel if you’ve been in a red list country visit:”


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