The British High Commission on Sunday, December 13, said the United Kingdom (UK) would not reverse its travel ban on Nigeria because of a threat of retaliation by the Federal Government.
This was disclosed by the spokesperson for the British High Commission, Dean Hurlock, who said this in response to a statement by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, that the UK, Canada and Saudi Arabia would be put on Nigeria’s travel ban on Tuesday.
Hurlock stated that Britain had made it clear that travel abroad would be different this year, adding that the UK was sticking to its “standard background lines.”
He stated, “The UK Government propose sticking to our standard background lines on whether ‘x’ country will put us on the red list and avoid getting into hypothetical situations.
“The UK government has been clear that travel abroad will be different this year and countries may impose border measures at short notice in line with their own coronavirus policies.”
He added that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice was kept under constant review; and asked travellers to continue to check it for entry requirements of the destination they plan to visit.
“Travellers can also sign up for e-mail alerts on GOV.UK to get the latest updates as soon as they happen. We are in regular conversations with other countries about their travel policies,” Hurlock explained.
Also, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, had said Omicron cases in the UK; had clear links to overseas travel from Nigeria and South Africa.
Laing, in an interview with Channels Television, insisted that the travel ban was evidence-based.
According to her 19 out of 21 passengers with Omicron variant; with Nigeria’s travel history flew directly to Britain from Nigeria.
But the Minister of Aviation, Sirika, in an interview on Sunday; said the Federal Government would place travel ban on the UK; Canada; Argentina; as well as Saudi Arabia as a retaliation for the travel restriction on Nigeria.